Watercolour and marker
6 x 9.5
Barbara Muir © 2013My mother's memorial is this weekend -- a celebration
of life. I just had a call from a friend in Los Angeles
who is a wonderful artist, and she encouraged me to
remember the celebration part of the memorial. I
assured her that my short talk will celebrate my
mother's life, how could it not?
But I may not get to talk about the list. I have been
lost since my mother's death -- sad to a level I can
rarely remember feeling. But of course I was that
sad when my father died too. Here's the point -- the
sadness shunted me off my practice of making a daily
list. It's a supremely simple but great practice. If
I make a list, the things on it get done.
And it hit me -- that even though I essentially learned
list making through articles, and books, and a course
I taught which included time management -- my mother
was a tremendous list maker. She was a doer. And
when I'd call her up on Saturday and Sunday mornings,
she'd have accomplished so many tasks by 10 in the
morning, that I'd feel like a slacker by comparison.
So yesterday, in the midst of all the turmoil of
arranging for her memorial, I wrote a list. Anchored
by that again, I am getting things done. And on the list
is starting a painting. So I have. This is a grey scale
watercolour, of part of what I'm planning. The canvas
will be in colour, but it's a winter scene so quite muted.
Have a getting-things-done day.