“A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
I say yes when I should say no. I think it’s most often to please or to avoid immediate discomfort, sometimes to avoid taking the time to make a truly thoughtful decision or sometimes for fear of lack. Firm, thoughtful, timely NO and carefully considered YES are things I need to work on.
What I do with my time is defined by what I say yes to – say yes to too much of the wrong stuff and the right stuff – the things I really love doing get squeezed out. Halfway through MY Big Creative Year there is still so much, so many ideas and things I want to experiment with waiting on the back burner for me to be less busy with my busyness.
I came across two great articles about creativity, time and NO I hope you’ll check out:
Creative People Say No
by Kevin Ashton
If You Don’t Prioritize Your Life, Someone Else Will
by Greg McKeown
A note on the collage:
It was a good thing to say yes to. Collage is something I love playing with but hardly ever make time for. Time experimenting with mood and pallet, accepting and rejecting ideas, trying things on, it lends itself to “what if” thinking and can draw me out of my worn in grooves. My reason for starting was because I needed an illustration for this post and I intended to be efficient about it. As soon as I began it became clear that somebody just really wanted to make a collage. I got lost in it, spent too much time and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
week 38 in my “this is where i am from” year long project: When I am frustrated, or stuck or unhappy with my brain I always benefit from constraints and happenstance. That is where I was this week so today I chose a subject: the swamp (the swamp I loved) behind the house I grew up in in Massachusetts and worked with what was on hand: The Sunday Times. As an exercise I recommend it – it worked well for me today – I feel the gears turning again.
I’m so out of the habit of sharing what all is going on over here – I blame Facebook – it has made me, or allowed me to be, blog lazy and that is a mistake in lots of ways. Way back in July , when it was very, very hot, I had an extra fun project working on a diorama for Superchunk’s new video for Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” a song from their brand new album ” I Hate Music”.
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The diorama is cut paper and features photos of lots people holding records. From Mac McCaughan: “‘Me & You & Jackie Mittoo’ is a song about bonding over records, & the role music can play in your life & relationships. We asked friends, family and some of our favorite record stores to collect photographs of people holding an album that is meaningful to them in some way — not necessarily ‘favorite’ though we’re sure plenty of them are.
The photos are incredible and there are hundreds of them. I was surprised by how sweet and touching they all are- they made me love people in general a little extra.
We shot the video in my tiny place in brooklyn on the hottest day of the year – lots of dudes and equipment. It was directed by my brilliant friend Phil Morrison and shot by Mott Hupfel – it was a blast – so much fun.
You can watch the video below or here: