Deuce is not one to complain. He is a wise Spaniel muse and there is not much that phases him. Nevertheless, Lolita, our passionate Composer of Music for Art, noticed a month or so ago that he was doing some wicked ear
scratching and she really felt for him, wanted to see about some relief for him. For our girl, this raised the whole veterinarian issue again. Lolita has been taking Deuce to a very expensive clinic and it has just boggled her mind how much she needs to spend to take care of Deuce’s basic maintenance. Of course our Girl is busy and there have been lots of “to-do’s” taking priority over exploring a new health provider for Deuce.
Even with respect to Lolita’s care of Deuce, there have been other priorities. Lolita tries to take her Muse on at least two walks a day, to sing to him, brush him, take him to the dog park every Sunday morning. And truth be told, the veterinarian issue was mostly a financial issue for Lolita. Deuce has received good treatment – just at top dollar. Nevertheless, this shelling out of excessive bucks for the Muse’s health care was eating at our Girl, and she realized also it was creating a little resentment towards Deuce.
Most recently, this ear-scratching issue intersected with some ability, on Lolita’s part, to explore the mobile vet option. Fortunately, she discovered a wonderful woman who makes a house call with an assistant, charges quite a bit less, and does the minimum necessary. Lolita is feeling better about her finances, and about her Deuce.
It occurred to Lolita that this experience of hers with Deuce, of recognizing priorities in her care of Deuce, but finally reaching a readiness to address the veterinarian issue, was a good analogy from her mundane life for the baby-step process that informs an artist’s project work. An artist can appreciate how the challenge of priority setting in day-to-day life provides opportunities to refine the more subtle work of identifying the correct baby steps and order of those steps in creative work.
This is an aspect of an artist’s creative life – discovering how mundane life can inform and teach about the creative process. Lolita is sure that you have figured this out already – but she wanted share. She only hopes that each day will bring a deeper and more profound awareness for you of the lessons that mundane life offers to the benefit of creative work.