Today I’m going to talk about what is your one thing. Let me explain. A few days ago I woke up quite early with the intent of creating an organ piece like usual and I was working on the composition "Vilkas grikius sėjo" dedicated to Kae Hannah Matsuda based on Lithuanian folk song. I had one section left and I planned to do it that morning and it appears that my plans were changed because my wife had to go to the hospital so we suddenly had to change plans and I took her to the hospital and that’s life right? Life gets in the way and your plans get thrown out of the window. So what do you do then? Do you still manage to create in your day or do you skip one day.
I had big plans as usual, right? Create organ piece, draw Pinky and Spiky comic, then I had a plan to sightread and improvise and teach you guys here and it appears that my plans are no longer the same today. But, I’m still talking to you right now because I found a quick way for you to find out what’s going on. And the reason I’m talking about one thing that is important in your day is when I was at the hospital I simply drew a drawing of Pinky and Spiky. It was not finished, I didn’t have my pastels to color, but it was a work in progress and I shared incomplete work in progress which is still interesting way to share your creativity, right?
So does it mean that my day is going to be creative? I think so, yes. Because just one thing. If anything happens to your life and you can create just one thing out of your three or five things you were planning to do. What would that be. OK, you have to think about that too. So it could be different for everybody and it could be different from day to day activities, right? Sometimes it’s different for me, sometimes the one thing for me is composition, sometimes the one thing for me is writing a blog post, sometimes the one thing for me is drawing, sometimes playing and improvising and sightreading and teaching those things creatively.
So today for me one thing was to draw a quick sketch of Pinky being sick at the hospital. Some of you might have seen this drawing, I shared it a moment ago. So think about your day. Did you have many plans today? Maybe life is unpredictable for you too. But maybe you can still squeeze in five or ten minutes of creative time, right? Whatever that is for you, find out and start sharing it with the world. It doesn’t have to be complete, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be big, right? It just has to be yours and your approach to life.
And that’s what matters because maybe tomorrow it will be different day, maybe you will have more time to create and you don’t know yet. Maybe even today you will have more time to create in the evening. You don’t know how life will turn out for you because life is quite unpredictable and planning is sometimes unnecessary, right? But you have to seize the moment and do your one thing that keeps you going. Your one passion, number one and maybe later number two, number three and so on...
Is it organ playing for you? For some people it's different and that's OK. I hope you can practice your one thing today and remember when you create, miracles happen.
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