“Does it spark joy?”
– Marie Kondo
First, I just did my 30 minutes a day project but have decided to hold off on posting the results. I realized that posting “Oh, I cut a few more pieces” would be boring for you and me both. So, I will accumulate a few days of work and plan to post about that project again on Monday.
A different topic for today:
A while back, I spent some time bingeing on Alan Watts youtubes. One idea – his suggestion to stop trying to improve oneself – has especially stuck with me. I have been trying to for years, with truly little to show for it, so this idea really hit home.
I wouldn’t say I’ve stopped my self-improvement projects completely, but I did really let up on regular walking for exercise. Then, just recently, I saw a couple of “spark joy” references in my Pinterest feed. I’ve never read her books, but Marie Kondo’s idea did spark something in me. And on a subconscious level first, I started pondering whether walking could somehow spark some joy in me.
Luckily, in the meantime, spring arrived. And I realized it’d be lovely to walk, perhaps just on weekdays, to a park or similar (there are more than a few within a short walk from me) and draw for a while. This also solves other issues for me: drawing more consistently and overcoming my hermit-y nature.
The picture above is from my first day – a short session because the breeze was intense. (And in case you are wondering – yes, that sign is right in the middle of the lake view from the bench I was sitting on. I left it in because I am amused – and annoyed – that someone deemed that a good location for a sign. Or maybe a bench, depending on which came first.) Day 2 – no pictures, but I did manage to get out before the “heavy rain” that is forecast. Both days have been quite enjoyable.
That’s it for now; hopefully I’ll have more pix and/or drawings to share soon. Oh, and I’ve put both Marie Kondo’s ebooks on hold through my library system – looking forward to what else she has to say.