Kaizening. Constant improvement. If you can see how things around you could be better with just this change or that one, you have to do it, right?
I live in a work of art, the Pattern Language house I’m writing about. We moved into it unfinished, no interior doors, no floorboards upstairs, no colors on the walls. And day-by-day we’ve been finishing it. Every. Day. Since 1988.
The most recent major thing was tiling the fireplace, a massive kaizen that was a joy to accomplish. Now doesn’t that look better?
The small fixes are still almost daily. Maybe hourly. A picture to move, a gift to incorporate, a tool to add to the kitchen devices. I know I’m not going to stop making this small piece of the world more beautiful, more comfortable, more user-friendly.
Looking good. Yeah. I have to admit that the closet is far from emptied out, probably because I haven’t stopped being vain, which I remember as an amusing thing about my great grandmother in her 80s, still with polished nails, coiffed hair, and lovely clothes, even though my teen-aged self thought that was charmingly silly of her. Now I claim the right to be charmingly silly. (That great-grandmother joined the US Navy in WWI and, after being married over 50 years, did one year as a widow then married a guy young enough to be her kid. Talk about interesting relatives!)
I’m so vain (sound track here) I even engaged Janet Spangler, a friend whose business is revving up people’s “look.” I asked her how I could rock this new white-haired thing, and she had great answers. So every morning I figure out a fine outfit, choosing colors and textures and styles Janet figured out. I “put on my face,” as my mom would say. Earrings. A bracelet. A scarf. Working at home alone, this is for no one but me and that’s just fine. I pass mirrors and don’t think the white-haired person is a homeless bag lady (a recurring nightmare-fate).
Keeping up your spirits in lockdown is a good thing, whatever it takes.
Social media. Yes, a time-suck and an introverted writer’s heaven. I read and comment and post and have a grand old time. Love the conversations with people all over the world, especially now that the in-person world has disappeared.
And I watched The Social Dilemma, which you really must do. It’s led me to making and keeping a restricted SM schedule. But I won’t stop going online. Communicating is my thing and I’ll still use the incredible reach of the internet to communicate with as many people as I can.