I recently asked a student if she had completed an assignment I created especially for her. “No, I haven’t had time,” she replied. Of course, the assignment was made in December and I went over it with the student three weeks ago, so she had plenty of time. It just was not something she was interested in doing, so she did not make the effort.
There are so many things we want to do and others we have to do. It’s easy to understand how there is no time to do those things we really don’t think are all that important. I let many opportunities slip out of my hand when I fail to respond to inquiries—just because I think I will get around to it later. And then I don’t. The first excuse that comes to me is, “I didn’t have time.” Well, I certainly did. I simply chose to do other things with my time.
I am still working on my goal to schedule those things I want to do. Sometimes I think because creating artwork is like play, I should put it off and do the job that actually pays the bills and allows me to pursue my craft. Or my other job, which is running a home and family (it’s a small family, just my husband and two cats, but someone has to cook the meals and clean the litter box). But then I realize that when I accomplish something at the easel, doing the other chores becomes a little less dreary. Make time to do what you want, and then you will find time to do what you need.
Eat dessert first.