am i one of those people? someone who makes lists on the eve of the eve thinking that somehow inscribing goals to ink and dead trees will give them resonance?
has doing this ever worked for me? i’ll have to give it a 50/50. sometimes yes, sometimes no… i’ve found that the commitment to achieving the aforementioned goals isn’t born before or during making that list. it’s when you wake up the next day and look at that list…if it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen then. i believe bill cosby said, ” If you want to follow your dreams and make them come true — the first thing you have to do is: Wake Up.
so i’ll tell you what happens when i wake up…
a few weeks back, i did a special commission for a good friend. the commission was for his father-in-law, who had a few setbacks health wise but retained his sense of humor and love of life. it was supposed to be a christmas present…unfortunately, he had a severe stroke on christmas eve… and passed away not long after that. he never got to see what i did. my friend posted the following on facebook yesterday:talk about feeling good and bad at the same time. just goes to show how you never really know the type of impact your actions, or in this case the work i produce, will have.
i tend to keep things. i have become very adept at not only building shelves, but finding space to put those shelves in. in fact, if i could build a shelf within a shelf i think i might just possibly maybe have enough room for everything… no extra space for future things, just room enough for the clutter that i have.
there are days where the clutter is comforting to me… like insulation from the cold, cruel world. and there are those other days where i want to call the “AMERICAN PICKERS” guys to back their van into my driveway and rob me blind. but, even in an empty house, i’d manage to establish a few clutter piles and clutter shelves…pretty soon, i’ll have to figure out how to build shelves on the ceiling…