“Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.”— Clarissa Pincola Estes, quoted in DO Quit Your Day Job by Christina F. York
At the end of a tedious day full of tedium, three-hour meetings, a frustrating puppy class, and a lame 45-minutes-lost-forever TV drama, I reach into what’s left of my consciousness just before sleep.
“Create!” I shout silently to my consciousness. “Tell a story, craft a poem, pen some lyrics, scratch out some words of wisdom from the deepest spot you can scratch. Dazzle the world with your wordsmithery.”
The best I can manage, in this stolen moment between waking and dreaming, is to tap my finger on the quote I copied from a book this morning, and say, “What better way to illustrate the point than to live this day in this way?”
Tomorrow, I will make a point to do the art first before surrendering to the routine.