Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Value of Daily


Seth Godin's blog post here says it all.

But of course I've got to say some more.  More about the value of daily practice.  We all know the value of brushing our teeth every day.  And we practice that from a very early age until it becomes habit, not just something our parents nag us to do.  I have found value in a couple of other daily practices, mundane enough on their own, but added up, day by day, year by year, these have become intrinsic to my well being, as important to me as brushing my teeth.

One of those daily practices started as Morning Pages, as described by Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way.   She recommends that one write three pages each and every day, first thing in the morning, writing by hand and without editing one's thoughts.  I've done three pages of rambling words for around five or six years now.  Let's see, three pages each day for 365 days X 5 = 5,475 pages that I've written, at least. 

All about this and that and other things.  And once written, not read again.  Sometimes these pages are more diary-like, recording happenings of the previous day.  Other times, they're dream journals, pages I fill with the strange and mysterious happenings of the night-time brain.  I also find solutions to weaving problems in these morning rambles.  Or find problems rather than solutions, artistic and other, to mull over for days on end.  I've written haiku, short stories, cussed, cried... anything that happens to fall out of the end of my pen goes down on those three pages each morning.  And I keep on doing them.  Daily.

Another daily practice is woven and is what I call Tapestry Diary.  I've written lots and lots about my journey in this daily weaving habit in this blog and other places so I won't do more of that here, other than to say that this year's TD is approaching its end.  I have assorted thoughts about what next year's warp might bring but I'll make the decision about my plans for 2015 once 2014 comes to a close.  Here's where the year's TD is today:


Now, back to my first sentence--Seth Godin's thoughts about the value of daily are short and sweet, click on the link above to read them all.  I'll just quote these:
There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you.

One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily.
Amen, Mr. Godin!

3 comments:

Fran said...

This is the most inspiring note I have read in a long while, and thanks for the quote.!
I am wondering if you could help me understand how your weaving differs from the on-line lessons offered, as I have been gifted with a large tapestry loom, and seem unable to start!
I have the CD about Sylvia Heyden, and find it to beautiful, and also discouraging, as it took her 50 years to accomplish! 50 years I don't have, myself. Thanks for your posts. Fran

Tommye McClure Scanlin said...

Thanks, Fran.

About how I weave differently than Rebecca, mostly it is that I weave from the front and she (most often) weaves from the back. She usually weaves on a horizontal loom, I weave on an upright loom. That said, though, everything that she'll be teaching is good, sound tapestry technique. Matter of preference of approach but both approaches get you to the same place, making tapestry!

Janette Meetze said...

Love that quote Tommye? It sounds like one for my sketch journal, thank you for sharing it.