There is a natural sense of urgency to bring works and projects to completion. And there is a place for that urgency. Something can be lost by dilly dallying, by procrastinating. We lose the sense of continuity, both in our thought process and in the execution of the work. Sometimes the most magical creations occur in a single sitting.
But having said all of that, it seems the goal is to channel that urgency, that drive to the end, in a way that allows for some gestation of concept, some care with execution. We can feel urgency, and channel that urgency to bring us back daily to our work, our current project. But we can also allow for all the baby steps necessary to evolve the project properly, to deliver it in fullness and richness.
This is always the lesson or Composer of Music for Art reviews in the morning on her walks with Deuce the Spaniel her gentle canine muse. Deuce steps out each morning, pauses on the deck, and scans his horizons – the backyard and alley, underneath the apple tree, the neighbors yard.
What are the sniffing opportunities of the morning? Perhaps there is some game, a squirrel, a rabbit, a skunk, already in clear site. So even as Deuce prepares for his prospecting, his exploring for the day’s blessing, his sniffing, he also seeks out the low hanging fruit – the immediately available squirrel for a chase!
So it should it be with us. Most days we will need to sniff out that blessing a little bit. And we should go out alert, and confident, that we will do that with great success. But we should also be prepared for that low hanging fruit, those perhaps unexpected and easy opportunities to move forward which are right our noses!
spark on! and sniff on!