Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tinker Time

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas Edison
Hello Batumi Georgia
What are you waiting for? The inspiration you are waiting for is waiting for you. But you have to summon it from out of the back room where it's been resting up from the summer heat.

I think it was Somerset Maugham who said that if you want to be a writer you have to write everyday, even if it's only your name. Good advice. It gets your hands on the pen or the keyboard and puts letters and words together.

Are you a musician? Then sit down at the piano and play some chords. Put the mouthpiece in and play a C# minor scale, (watch out, it has a B# in it). Tune the violin or the guitar.

Are you a painter? Clean your brushes, or take a piece of paper and draw a line, not one of those dumb paisley lines, but a real line that starts somewhere, curves off into the universe and returns.

Are you a dancer? Grab the back of the chair and start your plies, then lift and see where that foot is pointing.

Are you a cook? Open a cook book, read a few recipes and contemplate something different for the rice or the potato. Check through your spice rack.

Tinker with things. Push your tools around, reorganize your shelf, wash your dishes, give the dog a bath, go for a walk, take a shower. Waiting is a dynamic activity. Sooner or later something is going to walk out of that back room and into your life, and you will be prepared for it.

There's the story about Cole Porter who was thrown from his horse while out riding. His leg was broken but he crawled over to a stone wall and worked on some of the lyrics to one of his songs while he was waiting to be rescued..

DB - The Vagabond
(Never give up)
(This is not a contest)

Come on. 11 diverse and interesting answers so far. Where's yours?

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

I eagerly await your answer.


1 comment:

pacifica62 said...

Sounds like very good advice. I need to give a shout out to that inspiration soon.