Saturday, December 1, 2007

How'd It Get To Be December?!

December first. How did that happen? Where did the year go? We have a forecast for snow today & then for potentially damaging winds and heavy rain for Sunday and Monday. Tinker, our Samoyed, may be the most happy dog around if we get the snow part! The cats are aleady snuggled in their beds by the fire and they are not moving for anything. They just jockey into position for the warmest places (often including our down comforter covered bed!)

I have been ruminating a lot recently about productivity. There are times when I feel that I am falling into a personal trap. Pride. I like seeing my name in a show catalog. I like having people keep in touch. Sometimes though I think that the cost of those pleasures is producing things simply in order to produce them so that there is something new to show off. There is SO much incredible talent out there that my contributions are really only to myself and my ego. Who am I kidding - and why would I care to kid? I DO make things because I like to make them- witness my near "bag lady" reputation recently. I have not produced much in the way of quilts - other than quilted bags lately! I think I may take a step back. I want the luxury of exploring new techniques - with or without success - and sharing those triumphs and failures. My new year's resolution is going to be to enjoy whatever it is I am doing to the fullest. To produce only quality items that spark my interest and to experiment, play & learn. I am no good at selling myself anyway - and if my name is not in a show this year - well maybe it will be next year. Life is too short to worry about spending time doing anything other than what truly feeds your soul - and if that means watching the world go by for awhile - then that's a good thing. So on December 1st - I am making my New Years Resolution. Enjoy. Play. Live, learn, relax & let creativity find me where it will!

3 comments:

Sue B said...

A poignant post Marie and I couldn't agree more. I am finding myself at the same crossroads teetering on the brink of letting what I need to do take over the what I want to do. 2008 will bring a shift in priorities for me.

sandra wyman said...

Yes I agree with you Marie - have spent a lot of time making tiny pieces this year which is all good practice I suppose, and taking various classes, and so on: next year I really need to explore what it is I really want to do! On the other hand maybe we need to go through a to get to b if you know what I mean!

What a handsome boy Tinker is - sort of a canine Bixy!

StegArt said...

What a cute dog you have there Marie. We had snow today too and my kitties are not very interested in going out in it either. Your resolution sounds like a good one and I hope it is successful for you. Here's to a happy, healthy, and playfully creative new year!

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