A Little Boat Adrift

Day 3 - A Little Boat Adrift - #doodlewashJune2018 Doodlewash

For our third art challenge prompt, I made this quick little sketch of a little boat floating in a bit of water. It was fabulous weather here today, but we live nowhere near a body of water so we just enjoyed time on our terrace. When the weather is rather perfect like this, I get a bit distracted and lose track of time. It’s a really amazing feeling actually, since so many of my days tend to be rather driven by deadlines. To simply take a moment and just lose myself in it is a rare and fantastic thing indeed. The only thing that broke Philippe and I out of our good weather coma was an urge to visit the new Whole Foods which just opened down the street from us. We left with a few snacks and a bit of bubbly which we immediately took back to our terrace to enjoy. Our dog Phineas is currently basking in the last rays of the sun and making me restful and sleepy just looking at him. This has been an absolutely perfect day.

One thing I’ve learned in my little time here on this planet is that no matter what I plan, it’s also the things I didn’t plan they leave the biggest impact. I have a full list of things I needed to get done today, but the lure of the perfect temperatures outside was just too good to resist. And as I’m outside typing this and still enjoying them now, I realize I have no ounce of regret for all those things I failed to do today. This moment is better than anything I was anticipating and so it would be a crime not to simply sit here and enjoy it fully. At least that’s what I can easily tell myself, but in so many ways I think it must be true. I tend to get a little overzealous in everything I’m trying to do and forget to take these moments to myself. The little ones that seem to be producing no value at all, when in reality, they are the most valuable moments life has to offer. So, as the welcoming and surprisingly cool breeze of the evening blows past me, I’m happy and content.

Though I did nothing that I was supposed to do today, in the silence I came up with lots of cool ideas for things I’d like to try next. That’s my favorite part of taking time to rest and relax. The to do list morphs a bit and begins to include things more interesting and unexpected. I landed on an idea that I’ll be trying to launch in the coming weeks, and we’ll just have to wait and see what actually happens. Either way, I’m thrilled to just be imagining new creative things to try next. It always makes me feel excited to begin each and every new day. Even I can’t accomplish all of my dreams, the simple act of dreaming them is more than enough to keep me going. And on days, like today, when the dreams are just swimming my head as I sit do basically nothing at all, there’s a wonderful energy there. A thrilling time awaits in the near future and I’m so ready for the journey. In the meantime, I’m equally happy riding the calming waves of life’s simple pleasures, like a little boat adrift.

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 Day 3 - A Little Boat Adrift - #doodlewashJune2018 Doodlewash
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20 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Glad had a wonderful day! Nice little boat and look forward to your next creative surprise!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕Glad you liked this! Working on that creative thing now, but as with most things, it’s far more challenging than I anticipated. Won’t stop me though! hehe

  2. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Life is what happens when you’re making plans. It’s a good thing when you can do both at the same time! Beautiful boat!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful day! That cute little boat makes me want to jump in and ride away.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Hope you had a wonderful day as well!

  4. Lisa 5 months ago

    Well done boat! It was nice here too, if a bit cool. I spent the afternoon watering gardens and planting the last of the beans. Now everything gardenwise is in the hands of the weather gods, and my waning enthusiasm for dragging hoses from one end of the yard to the other. That could be my Midwest life motto!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕hehe!! That’s totally a Midwest life motto to live by! lol Yeah, here, you just have to do what you can and hope the weather gods are benevolent with your efforts. 😉

  5. June Hadaway 5 months ago

    I am happy to hear you took some time to relax and enjoy the day. I think it can actually make you more productive the following day. Everyone needs a break. Mine would be taking a ride in that nice little boat you painted. It’s super cute.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Yes, a day to recharge can never be underestimated! Such a wonderful thing indeed!

  6. Linda Young 5 months ago

    It was a good day for imagining…Nice boat.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Always a wonderful day for imagining! Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕

  7. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 months ago

    Nice boat , glad to hear that plesent weather is.n you are enjoying on the tarece.good story as well n iam enjoying to read this. thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this. It was a truly wonderful day!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    I think it’s the mark of a creative person that not everything is planned and some of the most wonderful discoveries happen because of just sitting around, getting lost in your imagination. I can imagine lazing in your boat, my fingers dragging in the water.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Yes to that! Ohhhh the fingers dragging in the water… love it… that’s the best part! 😃💕 And yes, I think getting lost in imagination is probably the greatest gift we can ever receive!

  9. smzang 5 months ago

    “Though I did nothing that I was supposed to do today, in the silence I came up with lots of cool ideas for things I’d like to try next.”

    Yes!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Yay! Glad you liked that! 😃💕 I think the silence is the most rewarding and informative place of all!

  10. Love your boat, so nice!
    robert

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