A Plethora of P’s / #11: “Practical”

March 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

Measuring, cutting, hammering, nailing. Planning each step. Following through. Useful logic. …There’s a rhythm, and a rhyme, in being practical.

Sure, sometimes we want to throw caution to the wind and go full throttle on instinct, or feel the thrill of standing on the edge. We need to dream dreams. And everyone should dance in the rain at least a few times in life.

But when it gets right down to the nuts and bolts of living, it wouldn’t be very practical to, oh, let’s say, wash the dishes while jumping on a pogo-stick, or fix a hole in the roof with scotch tape. A book doesn’t get written just by thinking about it; food doesn’t cook itself… etc!

So three cheers to the predictable, marvelous dullness of being practical. Three cheers for methods to madness, for light bulbs with proper wattage, and sensible shoes in a bramble patch.

Applause for practical thinking ~ a practically perfect tool!



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§ 2 Responses to A Plethora of P’s / #11: “Practical”

  • Rand says:

    Three cheers for the practical… and for this post! (Did I mention I love doing dishes?) Everyone who puts out a professional product needs to follow rules. The trick is to be wonderfully creative within those rules and as you say so eloquently, the madness within them. Kudos.


    • saxtonstudio says:

      So true. As if all artists have Van Gogh temperaments, not everyone thinks to use “practical” and “creative” in the same sentence, but they’re pretty essential professional companions. (I’d have also used the word discipline, but, well, that’s a “D” word. : ) … for another alphabet!)


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