Perspective

A few blogs ago I was talking about stepping back from the picture to see more clearly.
I thought of another thing that needs stepping away from constantly.
Your whole life. Looking at your whole life as a complete collection of events and choices and actions and reactions= Looking at the big picture.
Evaluating where you are right NOW in relation to where you have been and deciding where to go from here is a big issue.
Usually people live minute by minute.
I remember walking around the block delivering a newsletter that I had written for the neighborhood that I lived in at the time and thinking that this was the only selfless thing I have ever done in my life. It was a moment of clarity.
The irony is that that moment was both horrible and beautiful at the same time.
Really seeing what is what is the only thing that makes us free at anytime.
In this horrible market, we hear of sad stories about people who invested in houses and apartment buildings thinking with all honesty that the value was there because the appraiser said so or the relator said so and now are losing their old age investment. The thing to do here is step way way back and say to yourself, “What is the most important thing right now given all I have learned?”
Everybody has to answer that for themselves, but you should know that what follows will be a blessing for you and you would not have seen it any other way.

Things that make you tired

Some things that make you tired, too tired to do your creative work, are pretty subtle.
One of the biggest things can be not planning for a time to do your work. Waiting for a few spare hours a day will not happen. Time gets spent on whatever is in front of your face.
What you are looking at is what you are doing. Don’t look at anything but what you should be looking at when it is time to work. You will never get off the computer or turn that t.v. off or put that phone down if you wait till you feel like it.
Artists are really good at justifying slack time as thinking and processing time.
I am guilty of this. I think well I am thinking about what I am going to do.
But they problem is what your face is looking at is totally occupying your mind unless it is just chores. When you are washing the dishes you can get inspired. While making beds or cooking dinner or working out at the gym,, yup you can get inspiration.
But there are the other things that are mind sucking machines.
Stay away from those. They are like Pandoras box. Don’t open it!