Well, I wanted to start this by directly quoting Gertrude Stein about how all artists need encouragement above all else. It was something I’ve carried around in my head for years, that seemed especially valuable to remind my fellow participants in a playwriting group before my work was read aloud.
But I can’t find it on Google or in The Writer’s Chapbook that I thought I originally read it in…the closest I could come was this Facebook post from Julia Cameron and all respect to Ms. Cameron it didn’t seem the same. But I do love how one of her commenters responded, “All humans need encouragement.” To which I say hear, hear, Facebook commentator!
All that is to say: you and I have come a long way in this space over the last few months and before I launched into another photo essay about solving your physical or digital clutter – (Many on the way, don’t fret.) Before I start teaching that again, I wanted to say excellent work so far!
If you’re here, reading this you’re making some sort of step towards embracing our motto of the summer supplied by Gretchen Rubin: “Outer order often leads to inner calm.”
When I’m on vacation (it happens at other times but especially vacation) after a few days of side study, I begin to slowly leak to my wife my master plan to turn myself into a productivity robot by the time we return to normal life. I explain I’ll do this by engineering the ultimate routines: morning, noon, and night that will inevitably be laid out in 3 color spreadsheets. She listens for a bit and then mimes using an oil can on my joints.
This is the same woman that lovingly teaches me the expression, “The cobbler’s son has no shoes.”
What she seems to have an easier time accepting is this: I am not a robot and you are not a robot and our goal in organizing or life is not perfection. It’s progress. (more…)