We have all had those type of days where nothing seems to go right. You know how it can be. Something breaks. You forget something important. Things just seem to come apart at the seams as the day goes by. It isn’t fun and it happens to the best of us.
Conversely, there are good days as well. On those days it appears that we can do no wrong. Everything falls into place as the day progresses and it seems that no matter what we are doing. Everything works out well. Those are certainly the BEST of days.
I sometimes wonder – does this happen by “chance”? Or is this something that we had laid the groundwork for? Is it just a natural occurrence that comes as a result of a lot of work and good planning? It is hard to say.
As a practical person, I choose to believe that the majority of the things that happen to us are the direct result of our own actions. Before you all begin to jump all over me for that comment, please realize that this is by no means an absolute opinion. I realize that sometimes there are circumstances that are beyond our control that may impact our lives in either a negative OR positive way. I am generalizing and saying that for the most part, we are our own destiny.
Those of you who read often know that one of my favorite sayings is “We follow where we focus.” I truly believe that having that attitude not only helps us through the worst of problems, but can even make a bad situation into something that is beneficial to us. I think having a positive attitude makes all the difference in the world.
I often receive notes or messages from people asking me what I did to reach the level of success I have achieved. While some may not consider me a “success” by textbook standards, I do feel that I am very successful in finding a happy and pleasant life. However, that didn’t occur overnight and it took lots of work and struggling to get to where I am.
There is no ‘magic formula’ to reaching your goals. Circumstances around us are constantly changing, and I feel that more so than ever it is important to be able to be flexible in our goals and face adversity with determination and an attitude to change things and make them better for ourselves.
It is easy to sit back and feel ‘victimized’ when things don’t go according to plan. Many times I see people who are envious of others.
“She has a huge house!”
“He has a great job!”
“Why can’t I have those things?”
“They are just LUCKY!”
I truly believe that ‘luck’ has very little to do with success. Usually what makes a person succeed is that they have dedicated themselves to accomplish their goals and have worked very hard to obtain them. There is really no way around hard work needed to achieve success.
I have also learned during my trip though this lifetime, that things are not always as they appear. In the beginning entries of this blog, I stated that I felt that people are like icebergs – we only see a small portion of them and have little idea of the majority of what they have experienced and what they have endured. I think it is very difficult to judge others unless we have experienced the exact same things as they have, which is nearly impossible. It would be like watching five minutes of a movie and then making a judgement on the entire film.
We all have our crosses to bear and our own demons to fight. No matter how happy and carefree we are on the outside, there are thoughts and feelings that live within that no one will ever see. And we need to respect that in each other. I think that by doing and living our lives with compassion and understanding toward each other, we can make our own personal world a happier and better place.
I am sorry that I got off on a tangent. Sometimes in the morning I just think. ;)
I was very happy yesterday. Several good things occurred and I felt really good about them all.
I received a package from DecoArt of a new line of paint (YES – MORE PAINT! :D) that I feel will be of great interest to painters and woodworkers alike. It is called “Chalky Finish Paint” and is mainly for home decor, but will also have many smaller project and craft applications as well. Right now (until the end of May) it is available exclusively through Home Depot in the United States, and I will keep you updated on its distribution as I find out more. Here is a link to Home Depot where you can take a closer look at it:
I am truly excited about this product and I will be blogging about it more in the very near future. I was sent an entire set of samples:
Isn’t that incredible? As a designer, I LOVE receiving new products to create with and review. It is truly a huge inspiration for me to be involved with such amazing companies! It was as if Christmas all over again!
I also saw that my friend put a link up on her Facebook page that my “All My Love” romantic box had made the cover of the February issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine!
I don’t care how long I have been doing this – it is always a huge honor and thrill for me to have my project chosen for the cover. Even after fifteen years of working with the magazine I still feel giddy as a child when I see they picked my project. I am very proud of this design and I am happy that the editors at the magazine felt that it would be suitable for the cover. What a great feeling!
We also had our final numbers for our website. Our mailing list is growing every day (you can join our mailing list here – Mailing List) and our business is growing nicely. We made some difficult decisions last year regarding our business and the distribution of our patterns and to be honest, we were concerned that we were doing the right thing. But sometimes you need to take a risk and instead of sitting back and allowing our business to fail, we chose to buckle down and work harder than ever on it. And it seems to be paying off.
The point of today’s post is not to lecture, but to inspire.
I realize that we all have bad days and bad times we go through. I have had them as well. They aren’t fun and they certainly can take the wind out of your sails.
When that happens to me and I catch myself sliding down the rabbit hole, I try to step back, take a breath and think to myself “how can I make this work FOR me?” Usually before long I find an alternative direction to head that I hadn’t thought of before. The new direction may be uncertain and scary, but more times than not it opens other doors I haven’t even considered before. And it allows me to grow in ways I never would have thought of otherwise.
Yesterday was a “good day.” There were too many positive things that happened to even mention here. Perhaps some of them occurred by chance, but many of them were the results of hard work and determination and building my business and life on with a good and positive attitude. And I am very appreciative of every one of them.
I hope you start the new year with the notion that anything is possible if you try hard enough to achieve it. I think my “theme” for the year is going to be that WE are the masters of our own destiny. We have much more control over our lives than we ever realized. And what we do with that is up to US.
I wish you all a wonderful Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"