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Making a Commitment

I’ve been a pretty bad blogger of late.  No doubt, I’ve scratched out a number of blog post ideas on bits of paper here and there.  But, as evidenced by my absence here, none have made it to being published. Maybe they will eventually make an appearance, but for now I’ll focus on my newest thought trail.

Being the eve of a new year brings about many thoughts of what’s next and what to do differently in 2010.  A thought has been swirling about in my head and was encouraged further when I saw a Twitter post along the same lines.  It’s that of ‘casting your bread upon the waters’.  It originates in a passage from Ecclesiastes (11:1-6 emphasis added):

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

 Give a portion to seven, yes, even [divide it] to eight, for you know not what evil may come upon the earth.

 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.

 He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

 As you know not what is the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God, Who does all.

 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”

Oddly enough, I read this on the same day that I began reading Steven Pressfield’s War of Art. I’m still working my way through it, but the initial bit that’s kicking me in the rear is the idea that you just have to get out there and determine to do the Work.  Don’t be so concerned over whether it’s good enough that you never make a go of it at all.  As he states, professionals show up every day, no matter what.  They are committed over the long haul, master the techniques of their jobs, and receive praise or blame in the real world.

I’ve begun to take my photography endeavors more seriously, putting myself out there a bit more and trying to get my arms around just what to do next.  While I’m still piecing together thoughts on exactly how to do that, I’m committing to you all here to do just what Pressfield and the writer of Ecclesiastes is admonishing me to do: Cast my bread on the waters, sow my seed, show up every day. 

I’ve not been all that keen on the idea of a 365 day project.  But I think it might be just what I have to do.  While I might not make a new image every day, I will commit to a new post every day.  Maybe it will be a new image, maybe an edit of a previous one.  Maybe it’ll take the form of a thought on God and life,  maybe an update on my endeavors to learn the art of songwriting. 

I ask one thing of you, reader: hold me to it.  If I miss a day, feel free to comment and remind me of my deficiency.

Ok, so I actually will ask one more thing of you.  Please give me feedback on the postings.  If a photo is crap, say so.  If you see a way it can be improved, start the conversation.  If you love it, feel free to say that, too.  Just be honest.  Hopefully through this blog we’ll all embark on a year long journey of thought, creativity, and the discipline of doing the Work.

4 thoughts on “Making a Commitment

  1. I am thinking about doing a 52 week project… I chose the 52 week path to give myself time to actually conceptualize and make something great each week. I see a lot of times when people feel the need to post that 1 image a day, you get a lot of “crap.” I shoot a lot of crap but don’t want to feel obligated to post it just because I haven’t shot anything better that day. So, we’ll see how it goes, should be fun.

    I look forward to seeing your 2010 work! Add me on Flickr if you haven’t already. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dee-n-chee/

    1. I have had the same thoughts about commiting to a 365 project and ending up with whatever I can get out at the 11th hour. I had considered a 52 week project, too. I’m hoping that the commitment to a post of some kind and not necessarily a new photo every day will help me balance that out. We’ll see. 🙂

      1. One thing I forgot to mention, I’m doing Photohsop compositions, not just photos. I’ll probably do photos 50% of the time but I want to get into the habit of playing in Photoshop and seeing what I can come up with.

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