The Highs and The Lows : Part One

Over the past few weeks, I've been chatting with some crafters -- jewelry designers, bead makers, knitters, painters, quilters -- who have either hit some serious crafter's blocks or have fallen into the abyss of "what's the point".


I know this feeling OH so well.

Moving along in life oh so slowly.

 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you've read a few posts where I've discussed this issue, and the responses have been overwhelmingly the same -- everyone, at some point in their career, no matter WHAT their career IS, has felt this way. It just becomes extremely painful when we look around and see others seemingly effortlessly make their way while we, in our minds, plod along on a treadmill to no where.


We hate that treadmill.


Here's my thought.


EVERYONE, even the famous ones, the exalted ones, the ones who seem to get all the attention and accolades, the ones who seem to reach the stars and be able to do anything they want with impunity -- they have lows, too.  We just seem to think their highs come so closely together they never feel the crushing blow of a fall, because the ladder to the next high is in plain sight.

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Let's think about that for a minute.


Whether we're talking about the person next door with the perfect yard and perfect kids and perfect body and perfect husband, or just a trip through Blog Land, seeing the multiple talents and personalities -- really, folks, it's all surface. It's all what we SEE. We're only seeing skin deep. Some people's gifts are on the surface.  Some people's gifts are deep inside.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling the blues and feeling left behind, or less talented, or just not whatever it is you're striving to be. But there's a key word in that sentence. Can you guess what it is?


STRIVING.

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After you've sat back for a while, doing other things to give yourself a break, write that word down -- STRIVING. Paint it, draw it, print it out in pretty font, but write it out and tape it everywhere you work. All you can do is strive to be the best you can be.


No matter what your craft, if you want to become better, sign up for a class, buy a book, and schedule a couple extra hours per week to practice. Don't have that much time in a week? Then make it a couple extra hours a month. But write it on the calendar just like you would a doctor's appointment, and don't miss it.


And an easy one? Quit reading the very blogs that make you feel inferior. Just stop.

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And lastly, I want you to be proud of what you do, and realize that not everyone in the world can do it!  Wear your jewelry -- you'll get compliments.  Hang your art on the wall -- people will be amazed you did it!  Lay your quilt across the back of your sofa -- people will want to curl up in it.


STRIVE.  Own it.  And hey look -- there's a ladder. 

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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party. 

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