Yesterday seemed to fly by in a minute. It was one of those days when one minute you were pouring your first cup of coffee and what seemed like the next minute you were pouring your bedtime tea. The sad thing about it (well – sad for me anyway) was that I really didn't feel that I accomplished that much. Not as far as designing anyway.
We all tend to fall into habits of setting benchmarks for ourselves by measuring tangibles. (How many new things did we create today? How many pages did we write? How many ornaments did we cut/paint?)
While keeping track of how many things we produce each day is important, sometimes we fail to remember that what is equally important is the other things we accomplished – the things that are far more difficult to measure.
Yesterday my friend Steve Good placed a notice in his blog regarding Keith's plaque pattern that we are offering free to veterans:
(If you like it and are a veteran, you can see how to obtain your copy HERE)
We were thrilled at the wonderful response we received from everyone. All day we had requests coming in. I found that no matter how quickly I typed, I had trouble keeping up. The best part of all of this was that many of the requests also came with descriptions of service and short stories. As I filled order after order, my heart was filled with pride and gratitude for the many, many men and women who served their respective countries over the years. It was something that I didn't expect at all, but quite overwhelming.
As I spent the day reading note after note from the hundreds of veterans that responded, I felt a growing sense of gratitude and pride. I was a child in the 1960's and while part of me was aware of the political turmoil going on at that time, my thoughts were more focused on swimming, going to my tumbling and dance class at the park district, and of course the boys in our classes. As I grew older, we were taught in our history classes about the Vietnam war and then came the Desert Storm wars later on, but my sense of awareness about these events was somewhat dim. I was busy with raising my own children and my life.
Reading these notes brought a sense of reality to these events. Reading about the years of service (many more than a decade) reminded me that the freedoms we have here in Canada as well as the USA and other parts of the world did not come without a price tag. People gave their youth and their time and their lives so we can all live the way we are living. That should never be forgotton.
While I may not have accomplished creating something tangible yesterday, I feel that I had a very productive day. My eyes were opened a bit wider as to how fortunate I am to live in a country and come from a country whose citizens have given so much to insure the freedoms of others.
I am so glad that Keith suggested we give this pattern to the Vets for free. While it is a small thing to do in comparison of the sacrifices that were made by the veterans, it has made me appreciate them even more than I previously did. I can't say 'thank you' enough.
Enjoy your 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"