With all our careful attention to planning, to focus on details, to organization and sticking to productive routines, it is nevertheless inevitable that we will occasionally we will be attacked by a skunk. In this case, our Composer’s gentle canine muse, Deuce the spaniel mix, got a little too close and personal with a cute little baby skunk. So a large chunk of Composer’s morning, which was supposed to be about searching out art for her website, was about trying to shampoo out skunk smell from her beloved beast’s fur.
Being the spiritual, in tune with the Universe lady she is, our Composer tries to wax a bit philosophical in these situations. She draws from her people’s tradition a concept of “everything happens for the best” Of course that principal is more challenging to buy in some cases than others – but in this case her Spaniel muse has been suffering the usual summer itches and hotspots, so a bath was in order anyway. And beyond this, it is always good for our Composer to get out of her own skin and little bit and be cognizant and caring about the immediate needs of others, be those others humans or beasts.
Sometimes when you are in a particularly intense process, even on a very positive roll with your work, life throws the curveball that seemingly will derail you. But being the wise and seasoned artist that you are, you merely look at these curveballs as opportunities – opportunities to catch your breath, perhaps laugh a bit, get out of your own skin – return to your creative efforts with perspectives refreshed.
But having said all that – you might need to live with that skunk smell for a few days. these curveball opportunities, perhaps like visiting inlaws, don’t necessarily depart as soon as we might wish!