Here’s something I overheard an expert say recently:
“We tend to honor our commitments to strangers while neglecting those who love us. That’s because we count on our loved ones to forgive us.”
When I heard that, I had one of those Aha moments. It wasn’t a big leap to connecting why it’s easy to renege on the promises I make to myself. Because I forgive myself. No harm, no foul.
Or is it?
Do we really forgive and forget those times when we let ourselves down? Could it be why we feel stressed and resentful? Is it why we feel crunched for time? Does irritation with ourselves show up in other places?
Are we looking outwards for the cause of a bad mood and overlook the fact we’re starving our dreams. I don’t know about you, but I get pretty cranky when I’m hungry! And I suspect this may be even more true for those of us with a creative bent.
What’s calling to you right now? For me, it’s time to paint.
I want to do a series of art journal pages that highlight my favourite quotes. This idea has been niggling at me for a long time but I keep putting it off. Maybe it’s the spring flowers or the birdsong but it’s definitely time to keep my promises to me.
I have a long To-Do list in front of me but I’ve decided it will have to wait once I finish this post. My studio is tugging at my sleeve like a whiny child that needs attention. If I don’t pay attention it’s sure to get louder, making it harder for me to focus on anything.
That’s when the irritation really starts, like a low grade pain. There’s only one cure. Get into my studio and splash some paint around.
How about you?
Don’t let yourself off the hook either. Taking action on your dreams is the most important work you can do and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Fifteen minutes a day adds up to 90 hours in a year. You could write a novel in that amount of time.
What could you do with 90 hours?
What would it mean to you to bring that dream to life?