May 6, 2016 by Petrea
Mercury Over Mount Wilson
I’m taking the morning off on Monday. No writing, no correspondence, no work.
If I could take the whole day (or two, to stop and take pictures), I’d hike up the mountain. But no matter how much time I take, it’s not just slacker time. It’s time to get inspired. It reminds me of the concept of “Artist Dates,” which I first read about in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. An Artist Date is a date with yourself, time you set aside to do something you want to do that has nothing to do with work. I learned many useful things from Ms. Cameron’s book, but Artist Dates are the most valuable to me. After each one, I return to work renewed.
What’s your equivalent? A coffee break? A neighborhood walk? Do you take side trips for yourself?
The Observatory opens at 5:30 AM Monday for the viewing (I’ll be late, guaranteed), which they’ll facilitate with their historic solar telescopes. When I stare at the sun, I want professionals in charge.