Tuesdays from the chemo unit, March 6, 2012

So I’ve decided that there is an inverse correlation between the amount of time a nurse takes to ponder which vein would be the best in which to stick my IV and the success of that IV. I would say about 95% of the time if the nurse studies my arm at length, tapping this vein or that vein, warming up my arm with a heating pad or putting the needle in ever so slowly then either the IV will fail (necessitating a second poke) or it will be more painful than usual. The nurses that are confident take a quick look at my arm and …jab… it’s done – clean and almost painless.  You could say I’ve become a conoisseur of sorts.

It reminds me of my oft forgotten maxim of the inverse correlation between my cooking style and taste. The longer it takes to make a dish, the more ingredients it uses, the more chopping that is involved, the more dirty dishes I create, and the greater quantity of the dish I make, the worse it tastes.  If I  make a good, simple meal, inevitably it will be tasty and we will run out before everyone has had their fill. 

I suppose those two examples are not exactly the same, but the common element is fussing and fretting over something. I wonder if it would be universally true to say that the more we fuss and fret or worry over something, the less successful it is. That’s not to say we shouldn’t put effort in, but it seems to me there is a difference between a confident yet open intention and overfussing. 

It seems to be the same with writing of any kind. How can we bring a confident  intention to the process of creating and revising, without worrying over it until it’s dead? Hmmm. Would this apply for artists in other domains? Any thoughts on this?


One thought on “Tuesdays from the chemo unit, March 6, 2012

  1. immiller says:

    My response is nothing new: practice, practice, practice…it’s when you know what your equipment (in my case, my camera and lenses) can do that you can fully use them and get the best results. It’s like learning a new language…you have to keep using it or you lose everything and have to start from step one again. Writers say they simply “know” that a book is done; photographers say something similar about their images as do painters. A famous writer once said: “the most difficult part is getting inspired. I’m lucky because inspiration comes every morning at 9 am.” The more I photograph, the luckier I get.

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