My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1250: Appreciating the Present

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-19-2014 12:49 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It appears that we have another layer of snow this morning. Winter surely seems to be having its fun with us all, doesn’t it?

I have read so many complaints about the weather these past several weeks and I can’t help to think back to a few months ago when instead of complaining about the cold and snow, people were unhappy with the heat. Go figure.

I find that complaining about the weather is a waste of time and space. After all, no matter what is sent our way we really don’t have a choice but to endure it and wait for something more to our liking to come our way. Eventually it will and we just need to take the time to be aware of our surroundings and enjoy whatever the day brings. It isn’t really that difficult I would think.

I find myself getting a bit restless as well. Like my kitty Pancakes, I enjoy having my lunch on our small deck out in the sunshine. Lately he has once again taken to hovering near the door as one enters or leaves, as he wants to see what is going on out there. We let him out the other day, if only for a few minutes to see how he would react. At the time, there was quite a breeze blowing and new snow was falling. He cautiously ventured down the snowy steps to the base of the pine tree below and looked for some type of greenery to munch on. But the wind soon kicked up and he quickly darted up the stairs back into the safety of the house.

Whenever I catch myself thinking of days to come, I try to remind myself that there is so much right here in front of me now. There is much to do and the days just seem pass so quickly. I am afraid if I keep longing for tomorrow to come, I will miss the joy that today will bring. And with a blink of my eye it will be gone.

I’ve noticed that people seem to spend a lot of time either looking ahead or looking back. I find that they are either looking ahead to better days to come or looking back at how things used to be. Usually when reminiscing, they express how they long for those days, and didn’t appreciate them for what they were. But I wonder what is stopping them from making today a remarkable day that they will one day remember with the same fondness. Sometimes the best things are right here in front of us. We only need to stop and take note.

I have another full day planned today. I am in the midst of writing the three pattern packets for my new projects that we are adding to our site – hopefully by tomorrow. Once I get going, I actually do enjoy the teaching aspect of writing packets and the task is not a hardship. I think of all those that will enjoy making these things and it makes me happy to be able to do what I do. It brings some good feelings.

As I get older, I find that I am learning to take each day for what it is, and enjoy it to the fullest. While I may prefer one day/time/season over another, I don’t want to waste the present day by longing for what may be or what has been. I don’t think it is wrong to look forward to something, but I don’t want to lose site of what is here and now in the process of things. I have seen others do so and I have done it myself and I find myself wishing I would have paid more attention to the present instead of focusing on the past or future. I look at each new day as a blank slate to make of it what I wish. It is somewhat empowering to think that I have that kind of control. I like that.

I wish you all a good day today. We are half way through another week and as time marches on, each day brings us closer to the warm days of spring and summer. While we may long for these days to pass quickly, I hope we appreciate each passing day for the good things they bring. For if we are constantly focusing elsewhere, surely we will miss them.

Happy Wednesday.

Today’s Featured Product

_SLDK196 - Self-Framing Gone Fishing Plaque by Keith Fenton

-- 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 02-19-2014 01:43 PM

Hump day already. Wow, time goes fast. You have many words of wisdom. Keith’s “Gone Fishing” plaque is very crisp and clean. You both produce very high quality projects. Eye candy everyday. Thnx

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

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 01:54 PM

Thank you so very much for a very pleasant mini-sermon on enjoying the days as they come! I and many others can benefit for your wonderful attitude. But, now at 73 I still rejoice in the remembrances of the absolutely wonderful educational times I experienced during the summers of 1947-1956 at my grandmother’s, aunt’s and cousin’s home in south Mississippi. Scouting, outdoors activities, etc. certainly gave me a better outlook on the life ahead for me. Yes, I try not to complain about the current weather conditions to anyone, but I do prefer late spring, Summer, and early fall months because of the heat. Here’s hoping you finish your tutorials on your most recent projects today as you hope.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 02:00 PM

Thank you Roger and also Russell. I don’t mean to ‘preach’ really. On days like today when my head is filled with steps and construction of projects, I find my thoughts wandering and sometimes I become more reflective. It is sad that so many people seem to be so unhappy with their present. I feel that they are missing all the good things that are right in front of them. There are certainly days when I wish the weather were better, or that things were different, but I do feel that in order to be happy in this life, you need to learn to play the hand that is dealt to you and find the positive things in it. Otherwise you will live a life of longing or regret and miss all the joys you actually were handed.

I wish you both a great day! :)


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

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 02:16 PM

unlike many
that rely on ‘learned’
weather forecasters
(it takes 7 years of college to be one)

i use a simple time proven method
(call me old fashioned)

i look out the window every morning
like right now
the sun just came up

and i am alive
some drifting clouds
might rain later
might not
might snow later
might not

guess i’ll have some coffee
and get on with today

might happen
might not

still a blessing
either way

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 02:34 PM

I’m like you David. I look out and take what is given. Happy to be here. I agree with most of your points except the coffee. For me, that is a definite. ;)

I have learned to like just about any type of day. If I don’t, I do something that will change it. Kind of a simple approach but it works for me.

Have a good one!


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

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 03:09 PM

I agree. Everyday I wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

-- John from Hampstead

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 04:18 PM

I like the way you think on this Sheila, and although I catch myself complaining about today at times, I do agree with you. Makes a girl stop and think. Lol!

-- Nancy Antley

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 04:45 PM

The sun is highlighting the snow covered mountains this morning, and the forcast is for more snow and
colder weather. That should mean a few more days of good cross country skiing before it melts off again.
Hope it lasts through the weekend cause I will be working for another 5 weeks until the guy am replacing
gets over his heart valve replacement. By then spring might be here and I can go back to playing in the

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 06:19 PM

Thank you all so much! I know that I don’t always have something new and exciting to show you every day, and it is days such as this that I just kind of ‘think’ and write what comes to mind. I am happy that you all appreciate my thoughts and I am also happy to see that so many of you – my creative friends – also appreciate what each day brings us. There is an entire world out there for us, just for the taking. But we won’t enjoy it if we choose to sulk about things we cannot change. I am glad that you also see my point and enjoy your days as well.

Creative people are the BEST! :)


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

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