Today’s prompt for SOCS is; “practice/practise.” We get to use it any way we’d like and “Have fun!”
What we practice, we get better at. Whether it’s typing, dancing, thinking good thoughts, thinking negative thoughts, or not touching our faces, we get better at what we practice.
So what do you want to get better at? What do you want to practice?
I no longer like the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” I’ve let go of perfection. Mostly. Now and then, it rears its ugly head and tries to boss me around. But I’ve gotten better at telling perfection to go take a hike, because of practice.
When I was in first grade, I practiced cursive writing, because my teacher said I wasn’t good at it and needed better “penmanship.” I remember her as a mean teacher with heavy eyebrow pencil. Maybe she was perfectionistic. But I practiced my penmanship, because I was into being obedient back then. Now I have very good penmanship when I want to. Artistic even. My artistic skills come naturally. I don’t mean to brag, but I’m better than average at art. Not as good as I wanna be, but that’s where the practice comes in.
What if that mean teacher who criticized my cursive handwriting in first grade nudged me (unknowingly) in an artistic direction? My favorite art to do is flowy and curvy, like cursive writing. Well, I suppose I should thank her, though she’s probably long gone by now. Still, sigh, okay, Thank you, Miss Todd wherever you are. I think that was her name. Every teacher I can think of was easier than her after first grade.
My plan is to continue to practice physical social distancing even after restrictions are lifted. Oh, I’ll do some hugging, but no handshakes. I’ve always found handshakes to be awkward in varying degrees anyway. It’s weird going to the grocery store and watching people for distance, like a dance in reverse.
Plenty of lessons come from hard times. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to be anything. We don’t have to practice anything we don’t want to. But we can practice what we love and what is good for all of us if we choose. Be safe, be well. Practice compassion for yourself and others. It will get better.
Here’s some of my flowy, curvy art on upcycled wood:
For more streams of consciousness flowing from the prompt of practice, visit Linda Hill:
Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
April 18, 2020 at 3:51 am
A sound approach to the idea of perfection; and curving, flowing lines are so much more appealing than painful straight lines and angles.
April 18, 2020 at 9:39 am
Thank you, Derrick. Curving, flowing lines are more natural and creative I think. Tree trunks and flower stems are relatively straight, but oh the rounded, curvy shapes they offer up! And we both love those curvy roots. 🙂
April 18, 2020 at 10:42 am
April 18, 2020 at 4:01 am
I love those curves. So much easier on the eye.
April 18, 2020 at 9:40 am
Yes! So many things in nature are curvy or round, like our eyes!
April 18, 2020 at 4:45 am
JoAnna, I so enjoy your post. Can see you working hard at school to get those letters looking like artwork. Would you believe, my junior school teacher taught the same and I practised, and practised.
She was the sweetest though and I remember her name well.
Like you, I prefer soft curves and flows shapes. Your paintings on show here are gorgeous.
Sending you a little virtual hug.
April 18, 2020 at 4:27 pm
Thank you, Miriam. Today I enjoy cursive writing – it IS an art! Hugs to you. I hope you’re enjoying your day.
April 18, 2020 at 1:28 pm
You’re absolutely right about practice not making perfect. It makes you a whole lot better, but not perfect.
April 18, 2020 at 4:52 pm
Right! As long as we don’t overdo it, says my SoC. Thankfully we don’t get obsessed very often and we do get better at what we practice.
April 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm
I think many of us will be changing habits, especially the ones we never liked but did because of expectations.
April 18, 2020 at 10:09 pm
Yes. COVID 19 is awful, but it offers opportunities.
April 18, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Your artwork is very pretty, and I can appreciate all the flowing lines!
Isn’t it funny how we can remember our teachers from long ago. I think I can name almost all of mine, and which ones left an impression, good or bad.
Hope your weekend is going good. 🙂
April 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm
It is funny. It’s like we were sponges in the early grades. Yes, my weekend is going good. I hope yours is, too. 🙂
April 19, 2020 at 12:59 pm
April 18, 2020 at 3:18 pm
I love your flowy, curvy art on upcycled wood. Your first grade teacher, Miss Todd, would be proud to see how her insistence in perfecting your cursive handwriting has paid off 🙂
I join your call to practice compassion for ourselves and others. It’s not going to be easy going forward, but, as you say, “it will get better.”
April 18, 2020 at 10:40 pm
Thanks for joining the call to practice compassion. I hope you’re doing okay, Rosaliene and taking good care of yourself.
April 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm
I’m doing everything I can, JoAnna. My son, who takes care of our grocery shopping, makes sure that I continue to eat healthy with lots of fresh fruit and vegetable.
April 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm
Good! I’m so glad your son is helping.
April 18, 2020 at 3:55 pm
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and lovely pictures!.. 🙂 I don’t practice as I don’t plan on being perfect, I just follow my heart, rarely go wrong… as Popeye, the sailor said “I yam what I yam and that is all that I yam”… 🙂
“Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ Mark van Doren
April 18, 2020 at 10:42 pm
Thank you for this wisdom, Larry. I’m thankful that you are who you are. 🙂
April 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm
I love this, JoAnna. Letting go of perfection will save us all.
April 18, 2020 at 10:52 pm
Thanks, Laura. We would feel a lot better for sure. 🙂
April 19, 2020 at 7:21 pm
Hi JoAnna! So beautiful!!! I love your flowy art 🙂 When you spoke of your teacher and then that you loved all art you brought back a memory of just last year. I looked up my high school art teacher who was so instrumental in forwarding my creative talent. I was so sad to find that she had passed just a few months before 😦
That and the times we are living in make me so very aware of who and what is important to me…and it spurs me on to make sure that I don’t move on something just a few months too late.
I hope you are well…at least as well as you can be. Stay well ❤
April 19, 2020 at 8:21 pm
Thank you for your kind words. My high school art teacher passed away last year. Our teachers’ talents and influence continue on in us and many other students whose lives they touched. I know what you mean about moving on things. It’s so nice to see your face and sweet words. I am well and hope you stay well, too. ❤