I used to think the best thing to spend money on was something that you could keep, hold in your hot little hand...and take with you always...something tangible.
But then you end up with a house full of STUFF!!
Lately however I've been reading and thinking (as usual!!) lots of cogitation goes on around here...
One of the books I've just read is The Practicing Mind
by Sterner and while (as with any so called self help book), there's a lot of padding and iteration of things we already know but havn't paid much mind to...reading these afresh does bring them to the forefront.
Sterner reminds us of just a few important things - but they are well worthwhile spending a little time considering.
In the last chapter (of this very short book!), he talks abou the importance of spending time, effort and money on developing your skills and your knowledge rather than getting a bigger car, a fancier kitchen, another gadget for the studio, a newer and better sewing machine. Improve yourself rather than your sewing room.
We are lucky in that the tools of our trade are really quite few and can be very simple - we don't need more in the way of objects. We really don't need as much space, even though I do envy those gorgeous studios that people have!! Slavering over the wooden floors, the space, the long moveable design walls, the lighting, the separate areas for cutting and sewing, the floor to ceiling windows looking out over the lake - well you get the picture!! Oh yes and the infinity pool!! And perhaps a grand piano seen through a doorway at the end of the studio into the main house..but ...BUT....those are objects, surroundings, they are not you. They actually don't benefit you one iota, they don't help you to grow as an artist or a person.
" Thank goodness I got the Super Swifty Nobble Bong! it enabled me to finally get into that amazing Quilt Show! "
Or rather was it learning something new and then practicing it and developing your skills?
Getting to observe yourself in action as an artist, taking your time, bringing your feelings and abilities to the practice of your art (whatever medium) is so much more rewarding than those rows of objects.
Take your time each day to enjoy what you know, what you can do...minute by minute, enjoy the practice. And if you want to spend money, spend it directly on improving yourself, not your equipment, developing your knowledge and your ability to put it into practice. The best sewing machine in the world in the most glorious studio will not help you to move forward so much as putting your own time, effort, practice and thought into your work and yourself.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Comments...please!!! Elizabeth