Quote of the Day:
My cat, Leo, likes to drink that little bit of water at the bottom of the bathtub. The boys thought that was funny, so when he’s climbing around the edge of the tub, they turn on the water so there’s enough for him to drink. Yesterday, he was in the tub, so I started just a trickle. He thought that was fun to play with. I finished getting ready and left. When I came back, hours later, the slow trickle had filled the tub half-full (versus half-empty, cause that’s the way I am). I was embarrassed about leaving the water running, apologized to the Earth for wasting water, but saw the grand metaphor in my error. Even a slow trickle will eventually produce enough water to fill a tub.
That slow trickle can be the few minutes you carve out of each day to work on your art, your projects, and your dreams. Open the faucet and let the ideas flow out. Believe that you are the only person who can bring that art to life. It’s you, your unique experiences and collection of gifts and talents.
Your daily goals might need to be small – one page or poem a day, one new contact a week, one new color on a painting, or one block for your quilt.
Go. Create. Inspire!
And, fill your tub of creativity, no matter how slow the flow.
Journaling Prompt: Keep track of all that you DID accomplish this week.
Subscribe To Mary's Newsletter
Join Mary's mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Play Off the Page.
I will try. Thanks for the reminder of a simple act – add/do a little something each day and it will grow. In our local Malay saying, ‘Sikit sikit jadi bukit’ meaning a little each time makes a hill.
One drop at a time gets us there just the same! Thanks for the Wednesday inspiration. (And lol regarding Leo splish-splashing).
Thanks for this today, Mary, it was needed! I CAN get my writing assignment done.
That is a good analogy!
And was the cat still playing in the water?
Wonderful metaphor! My mind jumps to “anything I do isn’t enough” and then I do nothing, which is an all-or-nothing proposition which leaves no room for actually getting anything done! And I am so smitten with Leo–he is an awesome muse.
Great metaphor for the steady output of work. I’m a little intimidated by all the NaNo’ers and their incredible word counts at the moment, being the slow writer I am. But I know that even at my turtle’s pace I’ll get to the finish line eventually. 🙂
What an amazing word picture! Now I’ll be reminded to pluck away at my dreams every time I wash my hands or take a bath, or do the dishes . . . Thanks!
A little at a time. Boy, that describes my writing perfectly these days. 🙂
Mary, I brought this up, though in slightly different terms, more than once at my school presentations today! I enjoyed sharing the concept of “writing your worst” that Brod taught up last spring. That is one way that it feels doable. If you’re not planning to sit down and write a masterpiece, but rather, you’re just there to write your worst, then you can begin, knowing that each draft will improve upon that first trickle. 🙂 Sometimes it’s just all in the way we look at it, isn’t it?
Aww so true. That’s why we can never give up. Just putting one foot in front of the other will get us there.
I love love love your kitty.
I really like that visual too! We can handle small drops, just do what we can today and fill up that tub!
Thanks for the reminder…what a great life visual!
I love this, and love your beautiful kitty. My kitty used to drink out of the sink too, but my hubby put the kaibash on that. I miss her little wet whiskers. Thanks for your comment on my blog!