Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater. (Epictetus)
My daily practice of using mini rolodex cards to record a word or image for the day continues – 151 days as of May 31st! Yup, amazes me too…and although I know I can be pretty determined once I put my mind to something, it really has been a lesson in discipline.
My intention in starting this year-long project was to see whether I could create a habit of creating – no problem there! – but doing the same thing on a daily basis provides both routine AND challenge. My first card and word of the year is FOCUS, and for good reason. There are just so many mediums and materials and interests that jockey for attention. My inbox, book shelves and studio space can attest to that!
These cards take up so little space that it’s not been difficult safe-guarding a corner of my desk for this project. Images, words, paint, stamps, etc. are all close at hand.
However, carving out a certain time each day to specifically attend to these mini-cards just hasn’t always worked out – appointments, travels, and other commitments have required flexibility. And that’s okay – nothing earth-shattering will happen if I need to ‘catch-up’ on a day or two.
Always learning to be gentle with myself.
And as clever and creative as I thought I was being by adding dimensional objects on some of my cards, I didn’t factor in the bulk…and how quickly the rolodex file would fill up!
So here I am, end of May, and I might get two more months of mini-cards mounted in the file. (Note to self: thinking this through to the end would have been useful.) Aside from going back and re-moving/re-working some of those cards, I’ll have to a) find another rolodex file for the second part of the year, or b) find a larger rolodex file and hope the same cards fit, or c) take all the cards off the rolodex file and come up with another creative way to display/house them. Any ideas??
All in all, I LOVE doing these mini cards and being able to capture a moment of each day; having something visual to jog my memory as I flip through the cards during some future time.
Oh, and one could say I’m somewhat
stubborn determined to see it through to the end 😉