I started the day feeling a little bit “antsy”. It is so rare lately that I have everything under my belt that I want to. I finished everything for the site yesterday and even got the first half of the mailings out announcing the sales. The catalogs are caught up. My editor has several projects to choose from. My friend received all her class material for the class she is teaching next weekend at the woodworking show and the fliers and printed material are sitting there and ready to go. I even sent out my son’s anniversary gift a couple of days ago and his anniversary isn’t until the end of next week. He may actually get it ON TIME! Surely, he won’t believe it is from me! LOL
It is so unusual to be caught up on all fronts like this. It is like a solar eclipse and happens only a couple of times a year for me. Although there is some sense of relief and accomplishment when reaching this point, it is also somewhat unsettling because I am self-trained to thrive on deadlines. I am however, learning to take advantage of the situation this time and take the weekend to get reorganized and get some stuff done around the house. Now would also be a great time to run a full backup on my computer again and sort through my files and do some housecleaning there.
But it won’t all be mundane stuff. It is beautiful out already and is supposed to be upper 70’s and sunny both today and tomorrow. I have a bar-b-que I plan to attend tomorrow and I am quite looking forward to that. I may even map out my next painting and start painting again on Sundays. During the fall and winter months, I generally dedicate Sunday as my ‘do anything I please’ day. I love spending the days painting fun things and gifts, baking or cooking a nice meal, and doing all the stuff that I don’t have time to do on the weekdays. After all, a girl has got to have some fun, right? On the real cold days, I sometimes designate the day a ‘jammie day’ and don’t even get properly dressed. How wild and naughty is that??
I look back on the last several months and I have really kept to ‘the plan’. I am proud of myself for getting what I needed to done. I always think of the story of “The Ant and The Grasshopper” and try to take responsibility for my own well-being and business. It is a good feeling to know that I laid the best foundation I could and now it is up to fate. There is a freedom in letting go and allowing things to play out as they will. For a person such as myself, that simple process is not an easy one. I know I have many friends here who are like me and feel driven. They understand how difficult it is to let go.
But as time goes on and I mature as a designer, I also understand the importance of this step. If we are functioning at 120 per cent all the time, we may make a spectacular showing, but it won’t be long before we are burned out. I find that making a good showing and then taking a day or two to recuperate keeps us fresh and adds greatly to the longevity and pleasure we gain from our work. I haven’t always seen that and have paid the consequences. Perhaps I am really learning.
So I will leave you with the following thoughts today. Take some time out of your day to stop and look at the things that make you happy in your life. Be it your family, your pets, your shop or the place you live. Take a break and do just nothing for a bit. Don’t think of the worries and deadlines and problems you may be experiencing. Even if it is only for five or ten minutes. Be kind to yourself and treat yourself like your would your best friend or the love of your life. I bet it will make a difference and give you a real boost.
A Poem by Don Harold . . .
If I had my life to live over, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"