Thanks for popping in.
Beautiful sunny day here in the south of England.
The leafy lanes of Kent and Sussex are a wondrous thing
at this time of year.
That pretty much goes for the whole of Britain
when the sun’s out!
Wednesday’s blog, so it’s time to reflect on what’s what,
and get mindful.
Just coming down from a marathon TV weekend.
Seven hours of live TV is no mean feat, I can tell you!
Takes a week to recover!
But once again, it shows me that my way of tackling things one at a time works !
Last week I was dealing with the art prep for the shows,
so I tackled it ONE HOUR AT A TIME.
Which is exactly how I approached the live shows -
ONE AT A TIME.
It’s how I do my housework -
ONE ROOM AT A TIME.
And how I cope with my finances -
ONE BILL AT A TIME.
I can only speak for myself, and you may have it totally sussed,
but when I look ahead at the future,
whether it be the whole weekend of shows,
the next two months of exhibitions,
or the 2017 new year of Clarity and Groovi,
it can get really overwhelming and frightening.
I am prone to anxiety, you see.
Years ago, before I figured out my
ONE DAY ONE THING AT A TIME kinda Life strategy,
I used to get the most terrible chest pains.
It would feel as though somebody had put a metal strap around my chest and was tightening it with a ratchet.
I lived like that for years.
When the chest pains reached a certain pitch,
the panic breathing would kick in, and I would
start snatching for breath and hyperventilating.
If I couldn’t calm my mind down and slow my breathing down,
a full blown panic attack would ensue.
Bloody terrible. And not just for me.
It must have been awful to watch.
I get it. Been there. Not going back if I can help it.
So I look at what needs to be done, and then
screw whatever it is right down to the smallest,
most manageable increment I can handle.
ONE AT A TIME.
Move to the next one, whatever it is.
Move to the next one.
This is my way of not projecting and fretting
about what’s on my plate.
Let’s face it - I can only eat ONE meal at a time,
so why worry about what’s on the menu all month !!
I used to panic a lot about money and bills too,
which is possibly why I am a workaholic!
I always tried to work my way out of the problem;
I still get occasional waves of insecurity around money,
but that’s a human trait I think, and nothing abnormal,
unless you’re minted but think you still need more!
Let’s look at the ONE THING AT A TIME idea from another perspective....
I have wanted to write a book for many years.
But a whole book ???
When’s that going to happen, apart from never ?!
(I love this photo! If you can think of a good caption,
write it below...... )
So what I need to do, and I know it, is tackle a chapter at a time,
or even a page or a paragraph at a time.
My goodness! I have written artbooks galore in the form of a daily blog for the past 3 years!
Do you get what I mean?
Sometimes we look at a project or a dream in its entirety,
and are very quick to surrender to the enormity of the task.
But if we were to break it down into manageable, bitesize pieces, wouldn’t it all become far more feasible?
And the amazing thing that I have found is that when you do that, and you tackle the smaller parts
ONE AT A TIME,
then the larger task which seemed unachievable happens,
despite our fears of inadequacy.
That’ll do for now.
I have a little list of things which need ticking, one at a time,
LIKE PACK !!!!
Before Paul and I go off on our jolly to New York for a few days.
Can’t wait !
Dave is holding the fort while Paul and I go have fun.
I get to see Grace too!
I shall certainly be a-bloggin from the BIG APPLE though -
One day at a time.
Love & hugs.