A week or so ago, the one celebrity I follow on Instagram posted a creative photo contest. Entry rules were simple: take a unique photo, post it, tag accordingly. After a couple of days, the artist selected her three favorite pictures, and the creators of each won a signed calendar. Since I’ve been struggling with making the transition to a digital planner, I thought “hey, why not try?” I just submitted one entry, so I had around a 1 in 600 chance that she would even see mine, let alone pick it.
Well, I won! Believe me, I’m every bit as surprised as you probably are. Let’s just say that photography is not a particular talent of mine.
The calendar arrived today. I’m thrilled to have it, honestly. It includes some gorgeous photography, and I’m really looking forward to writing my schedule on actual paper again. I’m really moved by this artist. I appreciate her talents and I think she’s really classy. For the next eight months, I’ll be inspired every time I look at these pictures.
And next January, I’ll get rid of it.
Oh, there’s always the possibility that her signature on this lovely calendar will be worth something one day. She’s a true rising star, and I have no doubt she’ll only get brighter. But I can’t live in what “might be.” I have to live in what is. From now until next January, this calendar will get a lot of use. It will fulfill its purpose as a schedule keeping tool, and the art on each month will provide inspiration and fuel creativity (two of my Values.)
I don’t know for sure where it will end up next year. Maybe a friend will want to frame some of the pages. Maybe it will end up in a charity auction. Maybe it will just get recycled. But I know it won’t spend any time locked in some storage box in the back of my closet “just in case.”
Have you ever had a valuable (in reality or just to you) item that you struggled to let go? What did you do?