Welcome to the Cooper studio, Jefferson, Iowa. Today we are going to talk about those two words up there in the title: ignorance and oblivion. And I'm here to tell you they are positive words.
I know, I know - when someone calls you ignorant, you are not feeling so positive. You're feeling more like you want to smack them. And oblivion is often tacked on to descriptions of those of the senile sort, and not very highly rated either.
But! Let me explain: this morning, because we're off schedule around here this week, was a run morning. Because there is a high wind warning scheduled (and who makes that schedule anyway?) for 11AM, I was out there at ten minutes till seven. Wind is not my running partner. As you are probably already guessing, I rounded the corner to head south, and whamo. The schedule maker was off by about four hours.
My attitude immediately went downhill, and let me tell you, when you are a person of my age and attempting a morning run, it's all about the attitude.
Okay, back to the wind. 403 miles per hour straight into my face. Yes, I exaggerate.
Still, my thought processes morphed into:
- I don't like running when it's this windy
- I can't run when it's this windy
- I won't run when it's this wind
And then I remembered why it was I decided to go run in the first place. Running seems to be the one form of exercise I can stick with (my running "career" has a born on date of spring 2003) and once I've accomplished the morning effort, I DO feel better, both physically and mentally.
But that wind! Aaaargh!
Those of you have been to this blog place before know that I normally apply life knowledge to the canvas. As in, there's always a good analogy from life, to apply to painting. Brace yourself, we're going to reverse it this time. Here goes:
Those of you who paint: you know how we are taught to focus on the big picture, the big shapes, not the details? In fact wouldn't you say that the equivalent would be ignorance and oblivion to the details? Ha! Caught your attention, did I? When we are ignoring and being oblivious to the details, we are, by default, onto the big picture. Seeing the big shapes. Didn't I say I was going to show you how those two negative words are really positive, if you just give'em a chance??
Okay, back to the windy morning run now. When I am out there, trying my darndest to be a morning runner, I find that if I focus on the details:
the wind; the ache in my left pinky toe; the wind; my hair coming out of my ponytail; the wind; my sock that's sliding down; the wind; and then more wind-
the whole event immediately gets tougher. If rather, I apply a little ignorance and oblivion (to those pathetic details at least) I stand a decent chance of going my route successfully. So I mentally wrote this blog post while I ran. I thought how great it would be to get my run done and my blog post done (sort of) at the same time. I focused on getting the big stuff done, and ignoring the little stuff. Did the oblivion thing on those details.
Really, the big picture concept, it works with paintings, it's only logical that it works for running, right? I thought you'd see it that way!
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