Friday, September 9, 2011

Perspective

By Staci L. Smith




With this week being a blur of sickness in our home, it has thrown me WAY off schedule. I have a Bead Soup Blog Party next Saturday, and my biggest show of the year as well! I stayed up all night in a panic making beads and wings to have ready for next weekend, in case anyone would like to purchase some like I sent my partner.  I made parts for rings, and cabs to be bezeled, and, and, and.................

And as I sat making beads, which usually relaxes me, I kept thinking of all the things I had to get done before next weekend, and it began to get VERY overwhelming. I looked at my list, and my calendar, and then I saw it………………………….Sunday is the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Wow. It was a day that impacted so many, so deeply, forever. I remember where I was; I was training my replacement for maternity leave with my first child, and I remember the moment it happened. I remember the fear, the shock, the sadness, the heros, the victims.

Perspective.

And then I came online to upload some photos, and saw more and more about the flooding going on in the east right now, so many losing all they have to floods. History, memories, homes, all being washed away.

Perspective.

So now, I go on with my week, with my perspective corrected. One thing at a time. Be thankful. Pray for others. Stressing over deadlines is not important, it will get done, just focus.

I am sad it sometimes takes big things to pull me out of my little world here in Pennsburg, my world of kids, and laundry, and beads……..but I am glad it did.

So now that things are in perspective, I can move on with my projects, all the while being more inspired to love this week, to cry with those who are mourning, to be encouraging to those who need a kind word, and just go on. In perspective.

I think for us creative folk, our emotion is so tied to our creativeness, that we can tend to forget to center ourselves…..I mean, no one wants stress beads or jewelry!

So, here is what I got done yesterday into late last night……..600 grams of bronze clay, made into beads, sanded, holes drilled, ready to fire! Bring it on! I am ready now!



Do you find that your emotional state affects your creativity?




7 comments:

Izzy said...

Nicely written Staci...

mairedodd said...

every single time...
it is easy (and normal, i think) to become immersed in one's own busy-ness... but it is all good to be able to pan out, to be grateful... and to contribute in whatever way we can...
best luck getting ready - you will... and somehow, what we have, is always enough even when we think it isn't...

Laura Twiford said...

Absolutely! Thanks for the fresh perspective, I too need it this week with so many deadlines I am feeling a little overwhelmed and alsmost to that panic state. Will take a deep breath and your words to heart.

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Perspective... thank you. I too get lost in my world of kids, housework, and work. It is posts like yours that remind me that so much more is going on out there. Good luck with next weekend! I know you can do it!

MaCarroll Beads said...

Staci,
I think that is a lesson that we all have to remember to remind ourselves of regularly. I try to keep problems in perspective. That's not to say I don't get stressed because sometimes I do. I love was you have made and I hope you take pictures when they come out of the kiln!
MaryAnn

Molly Alexander said...

What a perfect post, Stacie. I completely agree with you that emotion is tied to creativity for me, and that it generally does take something big to pull me out of my own little world to gain perspective on the big picture of life. Thanks for the reminder to not sweat the small stuff.

:) Molly

stacilouise said...

You guys are great! Its nice to know I'm not the only one who has to come out of my bubble sometimes:) I will let you guys know how they turn out for sure!

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