While a good rest was very much welcome and needed, it is always good to get back to being productive. It had been quite a while since I so shamelessly took the day on with such unfocused abandon. While I don’t see it becoming a habit with me, it was fun for the moment and did wonders for not only my physical being, but also my mental attitude.
I am (somewhat) happy to report that the house here is still a tad messy, my music files are still for the most part in some state of disarray, and the piles of wood are still sitting on the back seat of Keith’s car. And while I did fill the orders from the site that came in through my email, for the most part, I spent the day “putzing around” and getting myself into some minor trouble on Facebook for having the audacity to express an opinion on my own timeline. It was a fun day.
When I used to work in downtown Chicago, at lunchtime we would sometimes take a walk to the river near Union Station and just ‘people watch.’ It was fun to just observe people hurrying by, focused on their own thoughts and purpose. I think you can tell a lot about people by observing and while many of us feel that we need to engage with others in order to get to know them, sometimes watching silently is equally, if not more effective.
Now days (that phrase makes me sound old!) we have the internet and places like Facebook to observe people and see what is on their mind. It can be an interesting and very educational experience if you approach it in the proper way. Because of the large scope of activity from so many people, I find that it is reality TV at its best (or worst, if you choose to look at it that way) as people from all corners of the globe share in formation about their day and feed it into one forum.
Now I know that many of you don’t even like Facebook. Some feel that it is intrusive and a venue for people to force their religious and political beliefs on others and a place where your own personal lives are exploited. That can be true, but the thing I like about Facebook is that it gives you the power to control what information is shared and with whom, and also the ability to only see what you want to see. It just takes a little work on our own part to do so and a bit of self-education.
I use the phrase ‘knowledge is power’ on my tag line and I have for as long as I have been here on the internet. I like it because it applies to so many aspects in our lives. Our best defense against being victim is to educate ourselves as best as we can. That empowers us to make good, intelligent decisions and it also helps us take responsibility for our own actions – something that I very much believe we should do.
While Facebook has its down sides, I find that they are definitely outweighed by the good things. It allows connections with people on an daily basis that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in another venue. When using it, we are able to peek into the lives of others and learn about them and interact with them at will and keep ‘in touch.’ I think this is positive.
There are those who frown on social sites such as Facebook as an invasion of privacy. I suppose I do understand why they can think this way, but I have found that by following one simple rule, this invasion can be easily avoided:
“Don’t type anything into the computer that you wouldn’t place on a billboard.”
It is truly as simple as that. The only way that “the internet” is going to steal your information is if you provide it. I have learned long ago that anything that I say, or any information that I provide while online is subject to the eyes of the public – no matter how ‘private’ the sites I visit are.
You may think that by my writing here every day that I have little concern for my privacy. However, that is not at all the case. While you all know quite a bit about me from reading these pages every day and hearing about the day to day events in my life, there are many things that I like to keep private, and do so by not sharing them on the computer. What I share here is my choice and I am in control of what is said. It’s that easy.
While I had fun taking more time than usual to observe things yesterday, I am happy that I don’t do that every day. My friend Cari used to say indulgences such as that were like eating Cherries Jubilee (one of her favorite desserts!) You can only eat so much and when you had enough – then you need to leave it alone for a while before you want more.
So with that said, I have had my fill of Cherries Jubilee. I am full and ready to do something productive. The rest did me good and I feel like moving in a positive direction again. I have several new designs that I have been thinking about, as well as some that I had started working on prior to these orders. I have a site update to do and some new catalog deadlines in a couple of weeks that I need to be ready for. And I need to go back to the gym. I have been absent from there for almost two weeks now because I simply did not have the time and it is time that I make it a priority again so I can feel strong and healthy.
I look forward to what is ahead. I can only think that it is something good. I feel that way because I have a preview in my mind as to the new things I will be creating and I am happy about all of them. It will be fun and exciting to see them come to be and I will be pleased to share the experiences here with everyone. Hopefully along the way we will get to know each other better and perhaps learn a bit from each other too. That would be nice.
Have a wonderful day today!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"