“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
― Susan Sontag
This week has been long.
Can I say that again?
This week has been long.
I have gotten a lot done but there is still much left to be done. More paintings to paint, more discoveries to make, more ways in which I can grow professionally and more reading to be done. I struggle with this "do stuff" in two extremes. Sometimes I "do (too much) stuff" and other times I "do (no) stuff" when I could be "do(ing) stuff".
There always will be lazy days and busy days and uninspired days and fully plugged- in, engaged & inspired days.
As of this tired evening, I am a right brainer plugging through some left brained activities out of professional necessity. I enjoy the benefits those activities reap, but the marathon through many hours of these activities leaves me lack luster where that usual sparkle exists in my eye. But if attention is vitality, then I have given these necessary items their attention and I hope they will take on some life!
Whether you are right-brained or left-brained, we all need to take a walk on the other hemisphere of our skull out of necessity but also to keep us sharp and engaged. We can learn a lot from both sides of our brains and from those who are strong in different ways from us. We can become more creative by becoming more engaged in those two brain functions, causing our creativity to come into tangible reality involves both sides. And truly, a connection of the two in harmony are most necessary.
So to stay curious this evening, I went outside to watch the sunset, as a break from all that logical thinking. I took a look at some things up close and in a new way.
Then the mosquitos got to me.
But the moment of curiosity and paying attention was enough to help me get back to the "do(ing of) stuff".
What is your "stuff"?
What stuff do you love, what stuff is more challenging for you?
What stuff do you look forward to and what stuff do you dread?
Is there a way to bring those sides together in support of a greater goal or purpose, so that you stay engaged and filled with vitality?
Consider these things as we head from weekdays to weekend days tomorrow.
How are you affected? Relieved, exhausted? Curious? Eager?
Till next week,
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