That’s right a PAJAMA DAY! When was the last time you made yourself stay in your pajamas (or night clothes, old sweatpants, etc) and bed for real and not because you aren’t feeling well. I’m asking because I am one of those that get up and get dressed everyday. Maybe it comes from when my children were little and playing outside. I never knew when I had to run out and turn into a referee or EMT technician. Though those days are long gone, I still have the habit of getting up and getting dressed. When working from home became the norm, I would be fully dressed for a 6AM conference call. Ok, no lipstick, but I’d even have on shoes or sneakers and not slippers. Anyway, I could feel the mental pressure creeping up on me along with a to-do list that had nothing to do with being in my studio (like updating my blog LOL). So, today is that day. Complete with anything that’s on Turner Classic Movies for white noise. Does this mean that my list will dwindle? Nope. But read on.
You’ve heard it before, we need to unplug. There’s the unplugging from social media that we should really do more often and actually not respond, comment or like (though you really should comment on this post) in a timely manner; there’s that flat square contraption that used to be called a TV but is now called, well, it’s still called a TV but its more of a VSM-TV (visual social media TV – ok, I made that up) that doesn’t have much worthwhile programming, and yet we have to have it on to see what’s going on. I’m not judging, remember, I have mine on too; and finally there’s the human unplugging that we need to do. Let’s spend a minute on that point. This won’t take long, I actually like the movie that’s on now. I’m just being honest…
Be still. That’s it. Just Be Still. If you are a believer, you’ll naturally add the remainder of Psalm 46:10 and that works for me. I’m asking you to Just Be Still. We are in the ‘go and do’ phase so much in our lives that we sometimes just need to be still. Call it meditation, or a quieting of your being it doesn’t matter, just do it. Your body and your mind will appreciate the conscious, purposeful and forced attempt to keep out the noise. Break down the word noise any way you want. My definition is that it is simply a sound that is not wanted. Period. And so, maybe it’s not so much human unplugging as it is spiritually plugging in.
As a working artist (I have my first non-family commission—Hallelujah!), I always want to be in my studio. It’s not some grand fully equipped space with large tables, a design wall, a cat, more natural light, a… I’m sorry. My wish list seems to always be at the forefront. But that digression actually strengthens my point. There is always something at the forefront that captures our attention. We can be easily distracted and diverted ….so, when do we really take a break? It’s not when we are sleeping. We didn’t get to bed until close to midnight after watching VSM-TV, then the news, then wake up between 5AM-6AM to turn on VSM-TV…and check our phone. Unless you sleep with the VSM-TV on—which is another blog post in itself. Just Be Still. Unplug, tune out, tune in to what’s going on inside. The silence isn’t deafening, it’s needed.
So, keep on those pajamas and stay put.
It may not seem like much with me only sharing one picture, but that’s the kind of week I had…hence, my PAJAMA DAY!
Another item at the forefront of my mind (see what I mean?) is an exhibition I’m prepping for. If you are in the area, you’ve got to check out The Scrap Exchange – Creative Reuse Arts Center.
Third Fridays are a big deal there. In November, they will be exhibiting artists that have entered pieces in their $25/$50/$100 show of which I am entering a few things from Relaxing in Art Studios. What’s shown is a 6×6 reclaimed piece of wood that may become a part of a series. Drawing a banana so that it looks like a banana…tsk, tsk, tsk. That’s all I’m saying.
I’d show you more, but after scratching off update blog from my list, I’m going to pay attention to the white noise of the VSM-TV.