While writing the instructions is a very important part of the creating process, it isn’t very interesting to blog about.
I spent the day yesterday working on the instructions for the four new projects that were sent out to the magazines yesterday. While I sometimes follow a similar format for certain types of projects, they pretty much need to be done on their own to make any sense.
In between things, I keep up on my mail and customer’s requests and fill out orders and before I know it, the sun is going down and the day is over. It is times like that that time passes even more quickly than usual.
We have a beautiful morning here in Nova Scotia. I have been up for a couple of hours already and the sun has climbed in the sky and is shining brightly on the river. The sky is bright blue with no clouds and the trees are finally filled in with lush leaves.
I am thinking of the day when I can be ‘caught up’ enough to take a day or two and make a short road trip. It is a good goal to work for anyway.
The thing with me is that by the time I reach one goal, I have already established several additional goals. While in one sense that means that I am never ‘caught up’, in another it means that I always have something new to work towards. That is a great way to be I think, as it always means that I have something to look forward to and to strive for. I believe that is how we learn and grow.
I came across this quote the other day, and I saw myself in the words.
I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless. -Bette Davis
I think that no matter how much we achieve, some of us still want to achieve more. For me, achievements aren’t measured financially, but creatively. There will always be another project to make. There will always be another new student to teach. There will always be another one to share my love of creating with.
I love what I do and I am very grateful that I am able to do something I love and survive on that income. I often think that even if I had the financial means to not have to work, I would be doing pretty much the same thing I am doing now. Perhaps I would travel and teach more. It is, I believe, what I was meant to do.
So we go back to writing today. And even though it may not be the most exciting part of the process, all I need to do is think of my customers and look at writing my instructions as sharing knowledge with them and teaching them, and somehow it brings it to life and makes it a lot more fun.
I hope you all have a great day today and get to do some things that make you happy. I know that my day will be good.
Oh – and here is a cat picture to make you smile. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"