Are you familiar with the Dr. Seuss book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins? It was a childhood favorite of mine. Every time Bartholomew took off his hat another would pop up larger and more extravagant than the one before. Until the 500th hat that so impressed King Derwin that he buys it for 500 gold coins.
I’ve been feeling like Bartholomew lately. Every time I take off one hat and am about to don the studio hat, a different hat pops up before I can make it to the studio. Although I was the one to seek out the hats, and I enjoy wearing them, there comes a time when you have to stop collecting.
When there are too many hats in your collection, you don’t get to truly appreciate each one while you are wearing it. Instead you are thinking about the next hat. Are all the plumes in place? Does it need to be steamed and reshaped? My end-of-the-year resolution is that it is time to stop and smell the roses on the hat I’m wearing.
It may take longer to reach the 500th hat worthy of 500 gold coins, but I’m OK with that.
Now where did I put that warm woolen hat?