Sunday, January 01, 2017

Picasso’s Disciple

“What do you is what counts and not what you had the intention of doing.” – Pablo Picasso

I’m not going to waste any time listing my New Year’s resolutions.

I truly love the idea of making all these annual promises to change, clean up my act, eat better, work harder, learn a foreign language, and solve all the world’s problems in the next 12 months.

But I’m thinking I might tone it down a little. I already know what I want and what I have to do to get what I want.

So this is a tune-up, a check-in to see how far off the path I’ve wandered (pretty far) and what I have to do to get back on track. I just can’t take the cynic’s route and dismiss the potential for change.

I know that I’ve slipped up pretty seriously in several areas and it’s all for the same reason—a lack of discipline.

For one thing, I’ve been wasting far too much time screwing around on YouTube. I do love the site, but I’ve allowed it to take over my life.

There’s always an old song or instructional video, or movie clip or some other such time-burning bullshit to keep me from writing, reading, meditating or otherwise improving my life.

I’ve also been watching too much TV and not even good TV, but a lot of crap. And let’s not even mention Facebook.

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I’d like to be more disciplined in my reaching my goals and I want to use “discipline” in a positive sense, not the self-defeating, psycho drill sergeant browbeating mentality that bludgeons my soul into a fetal position.

That kind of abuse just sinks you deeper in the mud.

The followers of Jesus Christ were called disciples, and they didn’t follow Him out of fear or guilt; they followed Him out of love, and that’s how I want to approach my goals—with love, not dread.

What I’d like to achieve is a state of striving gratitude, where I am thankful, truly thankful for everything I have--from my family to the roof over my head to the food on my table—while still working hard to make my life better.


And while it’s certainly true that you can change your life any day you chose, New Year’s Day seems like a good time to start.

The Picasso quote at the top of this post is going to be my guide for 2017 and discipline is going to be my mantra.

I already know I’m going to stumble. God knows I’ve done it many times before. The only way not to fail is to do nothing and then you fail at life.

The kind of regret from not attempting something hurts a hundred times more than trying something and failing. I know this from some very personal experience.

I have a specific set of goals, most of which have been around for several years. But I finally published my novel last year and if I can scratch that sucker off the list, then I’m free to move on to others.

And if I could learn how to speak Polish and bring about world peace this year as well, so much the better.

Happy New Year.

8 comments:

Walaka of Earth 2 said...

Here's to us, old friend. We keep moving forward, slouching toward enlightenment. Good luck.

Bijoux said...

I'm not sure why, but I've never been interested in goals, formal resolutions, etc. If there are things I want to do, I put it on my chore list. So, instead of saying I want to be more organized, I just write 'clean hall closet' on my list. Seems more doable, I guess.

Or maybe I'm just unambitious!

Ron said...

Rob, I freakin' LOVE that quote from Picasso, it's brilliant!

I feel the same way about making New Year's resolutions. I think it's great to be more aware of things we would like to improve upon or achieve a better balance in certain areas of our lives, but not in an abusive manner because then it makes us feel more defeated, or as you so insightfully said, sinks us deeper in the mud.

"What I’d like to achieve is a state of striving gratitude, where I am thankful, truly thankful for everything I have--from my family to the roof over my head to the food on my table—while still working hard to make my life better."

That's it! Because when I'm focused on gratitude, it genuinely makes me feel more happy and relaxed. And I also believe that gratitude creates more gratitude.

"I finally published my novel last year and if I can scratch that sucker off the list....."

Yup, you DID it!!!

*thunderous applause*

GREAT post, buddy. And HAPPY New Year to you!

Cheers!

Rob K said...

Hey, Ron, Happy New Year! I wish you and yours all the best for 2017! Let's get out there and show Picasso a thing or two!

Gratitude is such an important element to a happy life and it's been missing from my life for far too long. Now it's time for me to say thanks for all the good things in my life.

Take care, buddy! And, once again, Happy New Year!

Rob K said...

Hey, Bijoux, Happy New Year! I kind of like your system and there are a lot of mental health professionals who have no use for New Year's resolutions.

I don't think you're unambitious at all. That chore list sounds like a good idea.

Have a great 2017!

Rob K said...

Hey, Walter, thank a lot! I like the idea of slouching toward enlightenment. But then I like slouching in general.

Happy New Year!

Jay said...

Ah, yes, you speak the truth, Rob - or maybe I should say that Picasso does! This is one of my big failings; I start off all bouncy and keen and committed to doing a particular task and convinced I'll go the distance and then somehow make a mess of it and feel guilty. Over the years I've come to believe that, yes, if we approach something with love it isn't a burden, whereas we can make the most interesthing thing into a burden by hanging too much on it in the way of pressure and expectation.

Rob K said...

Hi, Jay, and Happy New Year!

That Picasso guy knew a thing or two, didn't he? Let's go into 2017 being kind to ourselves and working toward our goals with love and determination.

Have a great 2017!