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directions than we had hoped or at least anticipated. It’s what makes
us human – living at the mercy of whatever life throws at us.But that’s the art of life – the improvisation. That’s where we get
to be creative, work with what we’ve got, and sometimes, we end up being
pleasantly surprised by what our efforts amount to.I’ve found that “sometimes” can be “all the time” in three ways:1.) We can choose to view the “hiccup” in a certain light, seeing the glass as “half-full.”
2.) We can just follow that detoured path and patiently wait, holding
onto the idea that things will improve, hoping that eventually the
“bigger picture” will come to light. This reminds me of a favorite
quote: “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s
not the end.”
3.) If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. We can just shrug off what we
had anticipated, laugh it off, go with the flow, and surrender to the
uncertainty, which is neither good nor bad – just be with it and
experience what is rather than what should be (i.e. “Man plans, God laughs”).
This is what my paintbrush teaches me day after day. I love the
feeling of moving around a big glob of paint on a fresh linen canvas and
having no idea what to expect. Sometimes I feel like creating very
exact detail…and sometimes I just want to throw some colors around on an
Painting is just a great exercise for learning how to live. Or at
least, it’s a lesson I need to learn myself day after day. To have the
courage to just start from somewhere – anywhere. To not judge it, and to
just keep going, even if you don’t like how it is turning out.
Sometimes you have an image in mind, and you start with that idea.
And sometimes you even stay with that initial idea for a bit.
But when the paint smears, or you blotch something up, or your
sleeves get on the paint and smear the nice clean line you just painted,
it’s a little frustrating. But then you just learn to go with it.
And with a bit of patience, and the determination to eventually see it to completion, you’ll get there.
And then sometimes, you start off painting, and you’re on a roll. You
feel the adrenaline of creativity jolting through you like a fluid wash
of watercolors, and then – HALT – painter’s block. You have no clue
what comes next.
You might take a detour…
Before I Go…
Go ahead and trust your instincts today. What direction will they move you towards?
See you there!
I #LoveMyDetour – and navigating my detour is the “art of improvisation.”
Now tell me – why do you love yours?
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