I adore dessert. Especially good desserts: homemade, real butter, dark chocolate, organic fruit, not overly sweet, warm, cold, frozen, surprising, indulgent and delicious.
However, once one passes the delicate age of 23, dessert restraint is both stylish and polite. The correct answer to ‘Would you like some dessert?’ is ‘Ah, yes, but just a very small piece for me, please.’ And to ‘Would you like seconds?’ is ‘Oh no, I couldn’t possibly, although it is very good. My compliments to the chef.’
Meanwhile, inside my head, I am really thinking, ‘Oh YES, please! Is that all? Can’t you make that piece a whole lot bigger? Seconds? Absolutely! I thought you would never ask. Errrm...don’t forget that bit you just dropped.’
And while I unabashedly have NO restraint when it comes to a meal’s sweet conclusion, I have just realized that I have been exercising the same lack of restraint when it comes to my own artistic endeavours. My dreams have been super-sized. My plans are triple-decker. And worst of all, the execution pressure I’m feeling is both self-generated and paralyzing.
What is wrong with baby steps, small bites, micro-movements and inching one’s way forward toward a goal? Can’t we lose the ‘SHOULD-HAVES’ for the much-friendlier ‘could-haves’? So what if that deadline gets pushed out? Small discoveries are to be celebrated. Progress is still progress, right?
Two postings ago, I said that I hoped to share some of my own dream-making progress with you. At the time, I was planning to treat you to the full banana-split of dream announcements: My blog up and running. My Etsy shop, open for business. But that was before the kitchen flooded, my nanny gave notice and life generally turned itself upside down. That was before I realized how much work it would be to get each site designed and skeletally functional.
Though that announcement will have to wait just a short while more, today I give you a small glimpse into the work in progress. Thanks to Kim’s awesome Test Kitchen video on ‘How to Build a Mosaic’, my blog header is done.
What do you think? Does it work? Do you like it?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get myself a large-ish slice of cake and a cup of tea. I promise to take small bites...and enjoy it more.