Monday, September 16, 2013

Thought for The Day - Practicing Your Craft

Keep at it!

Put in your 10,000 hours and you will be an "expert" in your field.

In that case, I better work 100,000 hours and while I'm asleep! Writing and drawing, painting and poetry, water colors and stories...I could be practicing a long time!

I don't want to become proficient in any one thing; matter of fact, the one thing that acts as an umbrella over all is expression. Not in the soliloquy, monologue style, but where I am actively engaged with others. This life is not to be lived in solitary, but in community with others of same and different minds.

Practicing my craft is a matter of taking in the world around me, the good, the bad and the ugly. It makes for a rich tapestry for the stuff of rich lives. I quietly observe, be a fact finder, examine the highlight reflecting on someone's nose and observe the sounds. I'm making mental notes and always cataloging colors and words; there's always fascinating things happening around me and I do my best to observe and absorb.

Ten thousand hours? I think I've put in quite a few already. Maybe not ten thousand, but I'm building my time as I go. let's see what comes of it.