I and trying to schedule my bedtime by 10pm. This way I could get up early each morning and have almost 3 hours of painting time each day before I go to work. If I have any energy at night , I could do maybe one hour. I feel four
hour days five times a week , plus two 8 hour days on the weekends, would be almost painting full time , 36 hours.
It would take some discipline but I hope that I can do it. I will keep you all updated.
Last night after work I made myself a salad and some green juice for dinner. The night started slow since I had to buy new shoes on the way home from my 9-5 job. All my shoes were destroyed by the floods.
When I finally sat down to the easel it must have been 10pm. Before putting pastel to board, I logged into Hulu plus, which is a service where you can watch new and classic tv shows, I just discovered this over the weekend. I started watching the Cosby show episodes from the late 80s on my PC. Before I knew it I was painting straight until 2 am! Unlike the tv, the computer is right by my easel. Having something familiar, positive, and funny like the Cosby Show in the background made my painting session go so smooth and effortless.
I learned something last night. Create an environment that is positive and fun around you when you paint, draw, or write. With a funny and positive show in the background, this created a sense of peace that did manifest itself in the painting session. I am also thinking that it does not stop there.
What about aroma therapy? If all the senses are relaxed, wouldn’t that create a sense of peace and thus bring the fruit of peace into the work?
Don’t we prepare for the mundane tasks of life? Don’t we take an hour or more to prepare for work (our 9-5 s) each morning?
Let us prepare for our passionate time. Each day let’s discover the peace by working and preparing for it.
Have a Blessed Day,
“Dost thou love life, then do not squander time,
for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
Is not time the most precious gift that God has given us? Yet in life it’s one of the gifts that are the most taken for granted. Do you want to write that book that you know that is inside you? Do you want to take that class or get that degree? I know the sayings, “I am so tired after my 9 to 5 job.” The other one I hear a lot is , “I just don’t have the time.” Does this sound familiar in your own life?
My life spun in a direction of being a full time painter and a full time employee in customer service. For 8 hours a day, Monday thru Friday, I answer phones for a huge .com corporation. It’s ironic that nothing could be further from my vocation of painting at my easel.
Does this give me an excuse for not painting because I am tired? It only increases my responsibility to extract from the day more time for my true vocation. I owe this to myself and the world.
Just as every beautiful gift of this life, sometimes you have dig for it as buried treasure. Thats what time is. Time is a treasure that we have to actively search, find, and carefully utilize everyday.
Can you go to bed an hour earlier and wake up an hour earlier? This way you would have at least 7 hours per week to work on what you have a passion for. Is it impossible to cut out some idle television time each day or maybe three times per week? Are your dreams worth it? These are questions that you need to ask yourself. I ask myself these questions and many others each day.
Dig for the treasure in your life. Time is such a profound gift. Go out and get it.