I’m always getting ready to fly out the door at the last minute, pulling my hair back into yet another ponytail, smudging on some mascara and slipping into flip flops. Nothing wrong with that, but tonight I thought: what if Everything Was Art?? What if everything I spent time on was chosen. Was worth doing. So I’m running with this: here’s an invitation from me to me, and from me to you, to simplify, to cut the fluff, to move with purpose, and to apply care and infuse art and beauty into everything you do.

Here’s what that looks like for me:

  • Scan my environment and confirm that I’m surrounded by quality, by objects I love.
  • Engage in grounding activities daily.
  • Choose what I do with care and check in–is this activity important to me? Something I love?
  • Spend time with people I love. A lot. Really be there with them. Experience the interaction as Love, as Art.
  • Eliminate physical clutter. Goodbye random papers, worn out clothes, dust. Replace with simplicity and smooth, purposeful systems. Purity.
  • Organize.
  • Take care and time with how I look.
  • Eliminate cluttery actions and events. Do I really need to check FB 30 times before I go to bed? No. Can I consolidate errands into one trip instead of three? Yes.
  • Prioritize.
  • Leave time to do each action I’ve chosen fully and in total calm.
  • Be present in each action. Do it well. Do it with respect. Maybe even with reverence.
  • Think “ART” and “QUALITY” with everything I do.

I remember when my beloved mutt Harley passed away, I wrote on a scrap of lined notepaper that remained magneted to the fridge for several years: “Do the important things every day. Do them right. That is living well.” Her death, like all death, reminded me that we have so little time. We need to do what matters to us, and do it well, and be present for it all. Beauty. Love. Purposeful Living. Presence. Let’s do this thing. LiveLove.

Note to self: re-read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I distinctly remember a passage on Quality I want to revisit.