I long known of the “pink elephant in the living room that no one talks about” as metaphor for denial, so imagine my surprise when I brought home this little guy. Sharon took me on a shopping trip to acquire the Feng Shui’ing necessities for the Year of the Pig (I bought lots of green bamboo). The table of plastic elephants kept calling my name, and this one was the best, even if pink. Sharon says elephants are symbols of good luck in the Feng Shui paradigm. So the pink elephant sits on my Artist Way shelf, alongside my glow-in-the-dark Virgin Mary from Lourdes.
The real problem with this Getting Things Done system is eventually you finish organizing and then you have to actually do some things. Especially the things you’ve been procrastinating on, because they are new, uncomfortable, risky. And those items are staring you in the face on the “Next Actions” list. Day after day. Ok, only for 5 days since I got set up, but I have a low tolerance for that kind of structured pain.
I heard a great line today: “if at first you don’t succeed, ask for help.” I’ve been making cold calls for the project, 3 in the last 2 days, asking people I don’t know to set up specific images I want to put in the book. Lucky pink elephant must be working, because everyone has been so kind and helpful. I’m thinking that the magic/metaphor isn’t the elephant itself, but whether I talk about what’s important, and ask for help when needed.
The best thing about my elephant isn’t the color – it’s the circus ball. Because this is fun – there’s nothing I like better than talking about my project, telling all the stories I’m collecting, inviting people to the party, making the pictures. And if it takes a lucky pink elephant to get the job done, I’ll be the first one to laugh at the mixed metaphor.