D-Day is a military term indicating the day on which “a combat attack or operation is to be initiated“.
I’m trying to decide if I should ATTACK the clutter in the garage or OPERATE on getting a better attitude about planning on cleaning the garage.
The latter seems like the better plan so I found a “Survival Kit”* to COMBAT (ahem) low motivation and procrastination (among other things) that bedevil me. I picked out the ones that will motivate me (and made sure there was “D” in them because today is “D“- Day!!!).
- Do rather than don’t. (So far so good)
- Do give yourself room to fail and fight like hell to achieve. (I fail to see any good coming out of fighting)
- When you’re in trouble, study the lives of those who’ve done great things. (Those people can afford to hire others to clean out their garages)
- “Poor me” is no help at all. (No “d“s but I probably need to hear this)
- Never say “I can’t.” It closes the door to potential development. (I CAN but I DON’T WANT to clean out the garage. Does that mean I have potential?)
- There is art in any endeavor done well. (Art! I should draw pictures in honor of D-day – clean is a “C” word)
- Don’t hoard your knowledge, share it. (I’m not hoarding I’m preserving. Maybe this means I should hold a garage sale . . .?)
- Try things against your grain to find out just what your grain really is. (Gluten free or whole wheat version of encouragement)
- Inspiration doesn’t come when you are idle. It comes when you have steeped yourself in work. (IF I get an inspiration while cleaning the garage it will be to stop cleaning and draw art)
- If what you have to say is from your deepest feelings, you’ll find an audience that responds. (I’ll post my address so you can come and declutter my garage)
- Aim high, beyond your capacity. (I’ll post my address so you can come and declutter my garage)
*Irwin Greenberg was a painter and teacher. He circulated a “Survival Kit” – 100 pieces of advice – to his students at the High School of Art & Design and the Art Students League of New York.
Here’s the link to all 100, some of them without a “D”.