Patience is not inherently Lolita’s strong suit. Our Girl feels the world’s richness deeply, life’s potential passionately, and she really wants to take it all in at once! There is so much to feel, and do, and share, and create. Her mom would laugh, even as she worried, to see her baby racing excitedly from one activity to the next, bursting with joy, but unfocused as hell.
Fortunately, with the acquired experience and wisdom of her centuries, our beloved vampiress has come to appreciate that life’s yield, including the product of creative efforts, is fully realized over time. Even projects that begin with profound flashes of inspiration typically require time to evolve, to gestate. Creative issues are revealed, and best resolved, in the fullness of time.
Deuce, Lolita’s indefatigable Spaniel Muse, is fond of pointing out a happy fringe benefit of the “slow and steady” approach. Surprisingly, we find ourselves more productive, in fact painting life with a much broader brush, when we take small bites, over time, on a number of projects, rather than going for the max on one project. Deuce refers to “projects” in the broadest sense here – creative projects, household projects, day job projects, relationship projects, self-improvement projects.
We marvel at some of the great figures in history – how much they accomplished and in many cases how diversified was their genius. Leonardo de Vinci developed expertise in no fewer disciplines than painting, sculpture, engineering, mathematics and architecture. There was a great Jewish commentator of 11th century France named Rabbi Shlomo Yitchak. Not only did this towering figure produce an essential learning narrative on the entire Jewish bible and legal literature, but he presided over a Jewish academy and maintained vineyards! Rabbi Shlomo’s explanations display an impressive depth of technical understanding over a wide range of subjects. Perhaps the religious life, with it’s daily obligations of prayer and service, helped our rabbi appreciate that small bites each day, in a variety of disciplines, was the surest path to steady progress and growth.
There is great satisfaction in watching work unfold, evolve, be revealed. We learn that each day offers its solutions. Those solution may not be presenting, however, in the work you thought to focus on that day. But when we can let go in one area, especially when we seem stuck, and especially before we reach burn-out, we find ourselves ready for progress elsewhere. The slow and steady way, combined with some courageous sharing of the unfinished work, allows for valuable feedback. The slow and steady way enables us to apply feedback, to adjust course or even change course, in a gentler, more organic way. Because our stew is a slow cook, there is still time to rebalance ingredients – a few more veggies? a little less meat?
Lolita is grateful for evolved creative personalities, such as yourself, who have served as such good role models for the patient, slow and steady approach. Of course her dear muse, Deuce, who will gladly sniff one patch of dirt for 15 minutes – is definitely with the program as well.