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#1 posted 01-01-2009 02:02 AM

We all experience this in one way or another. The stresses of life seem to creep into what we really enjoy, like frozen water splitting apart a nice piece of wood.

I experienced this in my glass work. I let the stresses of my job (Episcopal priest), the stresses of my health (11 heart procedures in 8 years, including a major heart attack and bypass), and the stresses of an IRS audit just totally eat me up and out of the glass hobby. I had a complete shop, could do cold glass, hot glass, beads, pretty much everything but blown glass. Then one day I just walked away. I don’t know why. My shop (basement) sat unused for over a year. I’d go down, try to get my creative juices flowing, try to pull out a vase to form or some plates to slump, or even make a dream-catcher for my wife. Nothing. Nada. It just wasn’t there. After 1 year I had a fire sale and sold everything I had, and I mean everything, down to the pens and pencils I used to mark the glass with.

What did I learn from this?? That if we let our stresses completely take us over, then we run the risk of losing that which we truly love. Not only our hobbies, but our relationships with others and our self-confidence.

I got a counselor, I turned things around with his help, the undying love of my wife and children and my faith. Even though I had to take a disability retirement, here I am neck deep in wood-working, and loving every minute of it. :)

We are never alone in this, ever.

Hope this helps.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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