Tuesday, March 9, 2010

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

I'm in a restless mood: don't want to read, don't want to paint, don't want to go out for a walk or even sit in the sunroom and enjoy...the SUN!

Okay, maybe it's because I've injured my back again. This is something that will always come and go with me because it's a degenerative condition. Right now it's in the recuperation stage but still twinging enough to let me know not to overdo it.

How can I get anything done when feeling this way? Well, maybe I am getting things done and not giving myself credit...

Found this on another blog and had to share the quote, too.

“…There are always some aspects of the goal that got accomplished, but the [artist] was discounting them because it wasn’t all of the goal. I have come to believe that even if it’s one out of three, it’s still one more than zero. Small gestures matter — and it’s high time we start recognizing what we do instead of what we don’t do. We do a disservice to ourselves by not acknowledging even the smallest things we do accomplish…” –Summer Pierre, The Artist In The Office.

Sure sounds like something we all need to remember, yes?

9 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

Great thoughts! Many eons ago, someone told me that if an artist has success in 3 out of 10 paintings, they are professional artists. That means 7 are lousy and only 3 are good. Makes ya feel better already, right?

Teresa said...

Definitely, great quote. Hope your back feel better soon sweetie *hugs*

Barb Sailor said...

Sorry to hear about you injuring your back. Just sit back, relax and recouperate! Read a good book and have a glass of wine (unless you are on pain killers:))

Christiane Kingsley said...

How true! It reminds me of something...I love making lists. But I used to make up unrealistic lists of things I wanted to get done in one day; in the evening, I would look at all that I had not done and felt disappointed. Now, I make a mental list of all I have accomplished during the day ( a positive, rather than negative list). This small change in perception makes a huge difference on the morale:-)

Cindi said...

hey i did better than i thought today.. woo oo!! i like this kinda thinking.. sorry about your back kiddo,, hope youre feeling better.. sending you gentle hugs...

debwardart said...

Excellent reminder that we are all too hard on ourselves and we really do need to focus on the positive. Doing (or achieving) something is always better than nothing!
You can commiserate with Mike - he is having back problems, too. It's miserable when it happens - try hot? cold? Just take it easy.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Having survived another episode recently where I did something I should not have and had back spasms for awhile I can honestly say "I feel your pain". Hang in there and let it heal. I don't know why we do the things that, mechanically, we should not do when we have DDD!

Liked the quote, made me think about my own impossible lists that I never finish. Some days, the only thing I accomplish is writing the list!

Ann Buckner said...

Hope the back is feeling better today. That quote hit home. Thanks for sharing it - now to change my outlook lol.

RHCarpenter said...

LOL! Sandy, somehow with my attitude, 3 out of 10 doesn't quite cut it! haha But that's just me and I may be aiming too high :)
Teresa, Barb, Cindi, Deb, Susan and Ann, the back is healing okay without a trip to the chiropractor and I'm off the extra meds now - time heals a lot of things, it's true.
Thanks for the comments and the responses to the post - it means so much to know that we are accomplishing things every day - maybe we are looking at the big things so we don't see the small. But each of you accomplished one good thing today - you posted to this blog (and you probably posted to other blogs), which gave the blogger a lift, a feeling that someone is out there listening/reading, and that's a good thing :) So now go eat a delicious piece of chocolate - just one, or maybe two :)