As I sit here this morning and wonder what I am going to write about, I can't help but think about how quickly time is passing. Here we are already in the meat of July. While the calendar indicates that summer is just beginning, I am already starting to see many people posting projects for the fall and winter season. I don't think this is a bad thing, as I myself am working ahead toward autumn and even Christmas projects. I think it is necessary to stay ahead of things and have a healthy autumn and holiday season for the business. But there are times when I just feel it pushes things ahead just a little too quickly.
The weather here in Nova Scotia has been cool. It was very warm and muggy prior to the past weekend when hurricane Arthur came across, but since his appearance, the mornings have had a crisp and cool 'autumn-like' feel to them. Even now I sit here with a light blanket across my legs (and my beloved cat Richard) and I am enjoying the cool morning air with my coffee. I know that by noon the fog will have burned off and the bright sunshine would once again bring the warmth of summer. To me, it is like having the best of both worlds – warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. If there were ever a favorite season, this would be it. (Oh wait! I say that every season!)
Work has been a whirlwind as well. Mind you all, I am not complaining. Even though this is our slowest season, our little business is still thriving and on track for having its best year yet. I attribute that to many things. Hard work. Awesome customers. A great partner. It certainly helps to have someone by your side who is working for the same goals as you do. Not only does it help you weather the tough times, but also to celebrate the victories along the way, no matter how small they may be.
I am fortunate to have victories every day. It is at times such as now, when I am sitting here in the quiet mornings listening to the world wake up and thinking that I believe I appreciate them the most. I think of the place I am at, the job that I have and the wonderful friends and family that are part of my day and I don't think I could be much happier. There are those fleeting times when I am overwhelmed and busy that I may forget, but as soon as things settle again and I have time to think, the feelings of happiness and gratitude return. I like it that way.
A couple of days ago Keith mentioned to me that he thought I was 'too busy' lately. Initially it struck me as odd because I am always busy and I always have several things on the go. But just him mentioning it to me in the kind way he did caused me to stop a minute and look at myself and evaluate things for a bit. While my initial reaction was to be a little defensive, we talked about it for a bit and I do believe he was 'right' (Oh – how it pains me to write that!) Perhaps I have been a tad too focused on 'work' and have not allowed myself much time to relax lately. After all – when is the last time we took a walk or spent some time away? We had half a day last month sometime when we went to Sandy Cove but that was many weeks ago. Why should our time away be so limited?
As I sit here each morning and write to you all, many times the theme of my post is to stop and take time to enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Whether you live in the city or the country (I have lived both places) there is always something beautiful to appreciate and enjoy if you take time to look. Perhaps I have been too busy to take my own advice at times.
I drove past the little pond where the Canada Geese family lives the other day and I was astounded at the sight of the goslings. No longer were they fluffy and grey, but their appearance had changed completely and they were now young adults. All in the blink of the eye. How did that happen so quickly?
I don't want to fall into the trap of finding some success and allowing it to encompass my existence. While there is nothing wrong with being dedicated to what you do, I believe the happiest and healthiest people are those who apply boundaries to what they do on a daily basis. They seldom feel overwhelmed because they look at things realistically and set realistic limits on the commitments they make. Oh! How I envy them!
I still have some deadlines in front of me. I still plan to accomplish them. But taking some time to think and absorb and appreciate the things around me will once again be pushed up the list of priorities that I keep in my mind. For losing sight of that will certainly be detrimental to all that I do.
Today I am working on my new painting project. For me, it will be a luxury to only be in one direction (sort of!) today. I made very little progress on it yesterday, as I was busy doing computer work and getting my newsletter out to our subscribers (you should have received it if you subscribe!) It was my first day back at the gym yesterday since I hurt my back a couple of weeks ago. It is for the most part better, but I will call it "tender" and I have to be very cautious of pushing too hard. I need to strengthen it without over-doing it (kind of like what I was talking about this entire post!)
I have a small photo of my painting project. While I haven't pushed the paint brush around much yet, I have been very busy working on it in my mind. I can picture the finished piece in front of me as clear as day, and I am thinking through the processes I will use not only to create it, but to teach others to do so as well. How appropriate it is to my subject of "time."
Little by little it is falling into place.
Here we are at Thursday already and the weekend is just around the corner. For those of you who work a 'regular' work week, I hope you have something wonderful planned for your time off. Even if it is just sitting on your step and taking in the things around you. Every moment offers something wonderful. We just need to stop and take the time to observe so we are able to see it.
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you" – Carl Sandburg
Have a wonderful Thursday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"