How to make a calendula infusion

29 Jan


I really like this post on how to make a calendula infusion: CALENDULA.

It has been hacking down all day and I have been thinking about what to plant this year…

I’d like a whole bed of marigolds in the raised bed….in and around the non functioning raspberry cane. It knows if it doesn’t kick into action this year, it’s OUT!

I’ve been thinking about my snoozing creativity and where it leaves me…..

I found this quote (here) by Ira Glass on creativity really dinged a bell in my brain:

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

….so listening to these very sensible words, I sat down and made something….and I will again tomorrow….and maybe that will coax the sleeping bear out of its cave…..


One Response to “How to make a calendula infusion”

  1. Raphael February 2, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Yea, I read somewhere recently that
    … to have a deadline takes away the responsibility for the masterpiece But Ira Glass worried me a little when he mentioned that he reviewed something he did when he was 26 and he’d been at it for 6 years at that stage, and he was still producing rubbish.
    This being the case (if I don’t want to pop my clogs stil mediocre) I hope they come up with elixir for longevity soon or I’ll have to make a personal application to the Life Keeper for a protracted stay (with sanity, reasoning and grey matter intact please)

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