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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 10-31-2008 04:40 AM 778 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just like a river I tend to change course, moving from one project to the next, keeping the distance between where I am and completion. I travel toward my ocean of fullfillment, making changes to ensure that beauty and elegance catches each project. This course I’m on seems never ending. Each project sits, waiting for my next move. Then it occurs to me. The design is fitting, I have to commit to it before it gets away. Thus, a new project emerges, adding yet another stream to my ever flowing river. My mind cannot commit, father time refuses to give the time needed to continue on each project before the next one comes into focus in my chaotic mind.
Will my river reach the ocean and I become one with the earth, or will I continue to float aimlessly towards a garage full of half built crap?

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 10-31-2008 05:20 AM

You are not alone, if it makes you feel any better. I’ve got lots of ideas and start lots of things at one time, before some are even close to being finished. The only ones that ever get finished are the ones that pay the bills. It’s frustrating looking at (for instance) the kitchen island that I started TWO years ago, but haven’t touched in over a year. At least not more than measuring the sides for drawer faces a few months ago. That’s as far as it went. I don’t even have much left to go on the whole thing, but if it was a paying job, it would have been finished ages ago.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 10-31-2008 05:39 AM

I’ve had several projects on the back burner that sit there for years (because I either #1. can’t see them anymore despite being right in front of me, (lack of trim around new windows and doors, missing cabinet doors for cabinets installed months/years ago) #2. I just need that second piece of inspiration or to figure out how to make the next step work, (with or without getting new tools) or #3. time, technology or other forces at work make the project moot, if not obsolete.

Case in point, I’d been planning demo on one wall under the attic stairs (a dead space that would have been perfect for the computer desk. I’d evolved the plan to involve a new door, with a roll out desk and built in shelving containing the PC, printers, scanners – the works. Before we even had to turn the spare room/office into a proper bedroom, the PC was old news, and the laptop didn’t need a dedicated space. – shrinking the computer saved me a ton of work and planning…. though someday that dead space under the stairs could make for some handy storage…..

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 10-31-2008 02:40 PM

I understand the delay lack of inspiration or that technical detail can cause. I had perhaps the world’s longest running bathroom reno because of the universal inability of house walls to be perpendicular, planar and even straight. I eventually wound up ripping out far more gyproc that I had initially and rebuilding the wall. It looked really good when we sold it months later (sob…all that work for someone else to enjoy).

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 10-31-2008 03:02 PM

I think most of us fit into that category. By the time I figure how I want to do a project I have four more to do and then the earlier ones get delayed more or don’t get done. Or, my wife says she has a project for me and you know how that works, I have to do hers first. I have the same problem as scottb.

Quite often I will start a project with very little planing or none at all, and its amazing how sometimes they are easier to make or complete. Sometimes you have to say what the hell and just do it.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#5 posted 10-31-2008 04:04 PM

I think I see the solution here… if someone has 1/2 a step stool, 1/2 a mission-style couch table and 1/2 a 2-drawer jewelry box then let me know and we’ll start to clean out our garages!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 10-31-2008 09:54 PM

One thing I’ve learned – it’s really, really, really important to finish something we’ve started. If we don’t, then we will eventually be unable to finish any project. It’s better to do a project two or three times than to leave a project incomplete.

Regarding inspiration: If we demand that our outer intellect receive the “right” answer for the next phase, then we will receive the answer – If our feelings don’t distort the answer; if our attention is kept focused upon receiving the answer; if there is no doubt that we have the authority to demand the right answer appear.

In my experience, one project spawns four more. I just keep an ever-growing list.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 11-01-2008 12:03 AM

wise words.. it’s really, really, really important to finish something we’ve started. If we don’t, then we will eventually be unable to finish any project.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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