Better Put the Best Face I Can on It

Acrylic on paper: Silliness as Substitute BeautyComing up empty? Never! Well, okay: sometimes. That’s closer to the truth. I’ve managed to put up three years’ worth of daily blog posts thus far without missing too many beats, but do I have the occasional day of blanking on what I think would be of interest for me to write about, draw or photograph, and post. Outright brilliance would be a stretch for me on the best of days, and on many, it’s just good old showing-up-and-working that gets the job done.

Pretty much the way life works everywhere, isn’t it.

I get up and brush my teeth and take a shower and get dressed, and there’s no guarantee I’ll look less like a goofy, sleepy person than I did a half hour earlier. Some days, it’s flat-out worse, especially if I have to be up before about 9:30 in the morning. But I’m still me. I’m still going on to have a day, to do my writing and picture-making, do my household tasks, go to events, whatever the calendar demands. I’m always planning to have a reallyย good day, if at all possible.

So whatever the agenda, I choose to give it my best, pretend (if I have to) that all is swell in the world, and see if I can’t do something myself to make it as good a day as I’m wanting. We can’t all be pretty all of the time, so I like to let my imagination offer me some fun alternatives to perfection and prettiness, and then the day has a better chance of hitting the happy mark.Acrylic on paper: Sneaking Up on Greatness

6 thoughts on “Better Put the Best Face I Can on It

  1. Yup: suit up and show up. More than half the battle.

    Oh, I wish I had your schedule. I’m up at 5:40 week days. Lights out at 10. Yeah, I think I’m sleep deprived a tad. You wouldn’t want to see this face most mornings.

    • I wish I had both a more wakeful nature (one not being quite so useless without ten hours of sleep a night) and a more ambitious, productive one, but I am what I am. I stand in awe of you. ‘Morning face’ and all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. “Fake it to make it” I have heard often. And sometimes that’s exactly what we have to do. And during the faking somehow things seem to transform! I dont know how you manage daily postings! I havent that many thoughts in me I don’t think! ๐Ÿ˜„

    • My sweet, you must remember that many days, my posts are wandering ones about nothing-in-particular. That’s how many of my days are, so why not the posts too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m in full agreement with the fake-it-to-make-it mode. Simply committing to anything on a regular, ongoing basis means that some of the time is more clearly spent on learning and pressing forward willfully than about fantastic results and products, but it’s the only way to *get* there, if one can.

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