I drew this cartoon about 3 years ago – and then I couldn’t think of a caption. I don’t know why I liked this little drawing so much but I kept trying every now and then to think of something to go with it. Every single time I tried I got frustrated and came up with nothing.
Like so many things in life, trying harder to force an outcome just didn’t work.
I didn’t exactly give up on this little cartoon. I decided to let it sit in my sketchbook, hoping one day it would hit me.
That day was yesterday morning. I woke up after an exceptionally long sleep (think I might need to get my iron checked but that’s another story) and the first two words that popped into my head were, “Steamed vegetables”. Then a few expletives and a wave of relief.
It’s not the cleverest line or the funniest – but it’s kind of cute like the picture and it works for me. The best part is I don’t have to think about it anymore. It didn’t take up too much of my time, but it was in the back of my mind and I’m happy to have some closure on the issue.
We all have so many problems to solve and whether they are big or small, I find that trying harder rarely produces immediate solutions. More often than not what is required is patience to wait until something clicks but the tenacity to gently keep up the effort until it does (or doesn’t).