I don’t do resolutions, I do mantras. I compose one for each new year, and I continue to invoke previous ones. Oldies but goodies: “Live and learn.” “One thing at a time.”
For 2017, my mantra is “Waste no time.”
It’s been an imperative for me ever since my mother died unexpectedly, DOA, at age sixty-five. Now, it takes on more granular importance, because I am working on a big book. (On Georgia O’Keeffe — take a look!)
Coincidentally, I just read this passage in Annie Dillard’s collected essays, The Abundance:
After Michelangelo died, someone found in his studio a piece of paper on which he had written a note to his apprentice, in the handwriting of his old age: “Draw, Antonio, draw, Antonio, draw and do not waste time.”
So, back to my book research . . .