A Creative Deficit

Today’s been an off day for my brain.  I’ve spent most of the day sorting and filing paperwork (taxes, yay!).  No, there’s nothing creative about filing, but the amount of disorganized documents reminded me of all the abandoned projects I have to sort through.

And I’m not sure where to start…but I suppose it serves me right.  There’s a Chinese proverb that says: if you ignore your art for a day, it will ignore you for two.  So, that means I’m running one hell of a deficit.  I have no excuse other than being an idle fool.  But, you should only look back long enough to see where you’ve been, or else you’ll forget where you’re going.

I don’t think I’ll ever catch up, but I guess I have something to chase.


Loss and Gain
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
Little room do I find for pride.

I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.

But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

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