My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #820: Looking Forward

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-17-2012 11:21 AM 4560 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here we are at another Monday. Where did the last week go?

I find that this time of the year seems to pass too quickly for me. Perhaps because it is my favorite. We are in the middle of September already and after a long and lazy summer, there is much excitement ahead.

I must admit that I struggled last week. I sit here each morning and try to send positive messages to everyone about how ‘we are our own destiny’. The way we react to certain situations can greatly affect the outcome. Although I truly believe this, I found myself getting sucked into a place where negative thinking dominated, and for a day or two it nearly shut me down.

Anger does that to you. After all, we are only human. We deal with our emotions differently than any other animal. But overcoming those feelings and moving on to positive things is something that I believe is crucial to my success and survival. For only by letting things go and moving on can I truly be creative again.

I do take responsibility for the situation I find myself in. This includes all aspects of my life at this time. While we love to take credit when we do something that is positive and beneficial to our lives, it is also important for our own well-being to also take responsibility for the things that don’t go particularly well.

Playing the ‘victim’ doesn’t suit me well. And while there are times when all of us are put into a role where we are victims to others’ actions, more so than not we had a hand in what happened. Either by decisions we made or by actions that we did or didn’t take or by turning a blind eye to something that should have been checked. Maybe we were lazy. While we would like to have everything magically fall into place around us with little effort on our part, it rarely is the case. Even when we set the ball in motion for whatever we are involved in, it doesn’t mean that once it is rolling that we can allow it to roll freely in whatever direction it happens to go. It needs channeling and checking and guidance along the way to reach the target.

The events of the last week were troubling to say the least. But I can’t only blame the other party. That would be the easy way out, but it isn’t the right thing to do. I need to blame myself for setting the ball rolling over two years ago when I thought an agreement was reached and never thinking until now to check on it. You can call it trust or laziness or anything you want, but when looking back on things, I realize that no matter who or what I was dealing with, I shouldn’t have waited until I heard from others that there may be a problem and I should have periodically looked in to see what was happening. It is just good business.

So I take responsibility. And I figured out that a percentage of the anger that I am feeling is toward myself for allowing this to happen in the first place.

But as each day passes, I am beginning to see that under that anger is a lesson. Being someone who chooses to look on the positive side of thing, I will embrace that lesson and make it the focus. Learning from a situation can change something bad to something good in the long run. And while I may not see the immediate positive effects of this lesson, it does not diminish its value of the knowledge in the least.

Besides, looking at the situation this way is a much more positive approach. Not only did I learn something, but it also forced me to seek out new opportunities and work a bit harder towards growing my business. As many have pointed out, this could be a good opportunity to look in other directions. And they are right. Perhaps I was getting too comfortable and feeling that things were good as they were. We tend to do that.

So on this Monday, I choose to look ahead. Since coming to this realization, I find the peace returning to my heart, and I am again beginning to feel creative.

I worked on several new patterns yesterday and I hope to finish building the new packets for the site update by today. I am excited about the new designs, as well as some of the other things that have crossed my path recently and I plan to use all my energy in a positive way to develop the new ideas and directions.

I came across a quote yesterday, and it really made me think. Those of you who read often know I like to share quotes from time to time. The reason behind this is because they inspire me or provoke thought, and I hope that they affect you in the same way. This one that I saw is as follows:

”Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You should begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encoumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I found it very appropriate for what my situation is at the present. Many of these quotes that I share cross my path throughout my day, without me seeking them. It is as if the universe is trying to tell me something. Whether that is the case or not, I find that things tend to work out best when I listen.

I wish you a beautiful day.

This is a picture of the woods behind where I live last year. It is truly beautiful this time of year and I look forward seeing the changes the season brings.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 12:38 PM

A walk down that path will surely clear your mind and ease yer soul. Have a gr8 week

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 12:49 PM

Thanks, Roger! I am counting on this week being much better than last week was. :) You have a great one too!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 07:02 PM

very good council, your a smart lady and do very well here with what you give to us each morning, and i know from me i appreciate it, i hope you both have a great day…...i love the picture, it will be a while longer before our leaves begin to fall, but it will happen…lets all thing fall weather…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 07:18 PM

Nice to see things coming back together for you, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 09:07 PM

Lots is still up in the air, but I need to look ahead and not worry about it. One way or another they will be settled soon. I need to work on the positive things.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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