Yesterday was a busy day, but from the outside looking in, it may have seemed that I accomplished little.
There were many things going on and errands to run and I spent the bulk of the afternoon and evening doing things away from the house and planning on the next projects.
Planning is an odd thing. While I believe it is the backbone of most of my projects, it is something that no one can see, touch or feel. Yet it is there. And without it the entire structure of the project would be chaotic and sloppy.
My friend Cari’s dad used to say that we were like fighter pilots. He admired our ability to take care of children, plan dinner and still be creative – all in the course of the same hour. Coming from him that was a great compliment, as he was an engineer with such high and exacting standards that he was admired and respected by all. He was, in fact, the one who first introduced both Cari and I to the scroll saw. While he had a son who was older than Cari, he also had two daughters and treated all three children as equals. He loved to give each of them the opportunity to learn new things by offering the tools and the basic knowledge and he received a great deal of pleasure seeing them ‘run’ with it.
Since I was so close to Cari and constantly around, I also benefited from his philosophy and was exposed to many creative things that I otherwise would not have been. Improving my ability to map out my projects before starting them was one of the things that I remember most, for Cari’s dad believed that with good planning, any project will be successful.
It was an important lesson to learn.
Now, several years later, careful planning of my projects has become a habit. I don’t think much about it unless there are days like today where I have little physical progress to show. But even while I was gala-venting around yesterday, my mind was busy thinking about the next several things that I want to make and how I am planning to go about doing them.
I believe Keith notices this in me. Sometimes when we are driving or in a place where I will see something that will take my thoughts away, he will stop and question what I was thinking about. “Nothing.” I usually reply, as most of the time my thoughts don’t warrant discussion. But while these ideas and thoughts may seemingly be unimportant, I believe they are essential to what I do and make things go much easier in the long run. I need to take this time in order to feel comfortable about what I am doing and be able to enjoy the process.
So there isn’t much to report today. Only that I have made progress in my planning of things. You won’t see the results of this work that I have been doing for several days or even weeks, when the projects just seem to flow.
I like days like yesterday. We had a good day together and accomplished a lot. In the course of our errands, we seemed to have not had much to buy, and we came home with less than usual. That is a good feeling. It is good not to be wanting anything and realizing that you have all you need to be happy and comfortable. It seems as if we are reaching the point where we are all shopped out and ready to settle in for the winter. While I know it isn’t upon us yet, before long it will be here and we will be prepared. Without anxiety or worry.
I believe that is called ‘contentment.’
Today I will begin implementing some of those thoughts. Hopefully, you will all see the resulting flow of work that will follow. (And understand why it looks so easy.)
I wish you all a wonderful day! Take the time to gather your thoughts and plan your course of action. It will be a wonderful relief to you and hopefully make your day much more pleasant.
What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. – Mark Twain
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"