Thursday, 27 January 2011

Merry-Go-Round - Compass Words for 2011

Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women from around the world as they link hands and tell you a little bit about their lives in craft.
Do look up the answers from the rest of this band of crafters (links to your left).
If they haven't posted yet, remember we all live in different time zones and check again later...
This month,
We decided to do Tonya davidson' 3Rs exercices, to "REnew, REenergize & REcommit" (, order to find our three "compass words" for 2011.

More than just interested in changing for the better, but finding it a bit difficult to stay committed— that's me!

Still, the minute I started "exercising" my sens of purpose, the compass words I need and want to focus on came cropping up bold and bright like
After dark emotional months when I just wanted to curl up and focus on myself, I've suddenly remembered how smiles beget smiles even more surely than violence and selfishness beget violence and selfishness. It always amazes me, and in a very pleasant way, how many difficulties a smile literally smoothes down.
So I will commit to smiling rather more often than I feel like...

This one's more tricky.
As I've mentioned before on this blog I have a dangerous tendency to want to explore different crafts
techniques. Lately, I have spent an awful lot of time researching sources and potential inspiration as well as hoarding supplies.
Not only is this absurdly costly, it is also sterile and frustrating. Whereas the pleasure of crafting lied in using my hands to make things I liked, it has become something I do as quickly as possible before I go back to day-dreaming about all the wonderful stuff I could create.
Procrastination's my middle name!
So I am commiting to getting my projects done!

Having someone else lavish you with "positive thinking" when you are in any kind of anguish, trouble or pain and what you want is compassion (even if it's just over an untimely broken finger-nail!) I find very irritating.
But waking up thinking of all the small joys and comforts I can look forward to, every day— because I am really lucky in sooo many ways— and going to sleep feeling grateful for all the pleasures of the day, hoping for another such day, now that's being in a good place. It should be mine by rights...
Carpe Diem, I say! ;)

from now on
, "Smile, Forge and Enjoy" must define this year for me.


BlueTerracotta said...

I can hardly wait to see some of the projects you come up with (and finish!) this year! I love your 'enjoy'; we can all take advantage of the small pleasures each day brings.

meherio68 said...

Thank you— that's really sweet of you!

Ruth said...

Great post. I look forward to sensing the smiling you through your blog posts and hearing about you enjoying the year.

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

I love your choice of words and definately connect with some of those too!

So from me to you... I smile :)

Love, Sxx

Mariana said...

Your words are very positive. Hope you stick to them (hard for us all!) and go through with all your projects!

meherio68 said...

Cheers everyone!
Of course I need all the watching and support I can get...

ArtMind said...

I wish that you can smile when you're finishing up all those UFO's and that you can enjoy the process of doing so.
Love your positive outtake on the subject!