Friday, January 6, 2012

When You're Struggling

 Hi Friends,

Thank goodness the weekend is nearly here because I'm ready for some down time.  It's a myth that people who work from home get to sit around in their jammies all day drinking coffee and chatting with their friends with no interruptions or a multitude of other responsibilities.

Sometimes I struggle.

Especially when I hear things that have the effect of making things I work at seem absolutely worthless.  Someone recently said that I'm not a business person.  I tried not to let this bother me because I spend a lot of time learning how to make my own version of a business.  It probably looks like a weak and pathetic attempt to the skilled and experienced eye. 

  It is a blessing to  live in a time where a creative person doesn't have to be a big important somebody in order to engage in the great exchange of handmade goods.   It's true I don't have a stamp of business person authenticity.  I'd rather just be a person.

The individual who said this to me followed up the comment with this little token of comfort:

"but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a business."

If I think about that too much I might revert to my cranky, irritable, sullen state of mind.  A state that was just recently starting to melt away.

What do you do when you're struggling?  Sometimes I look outwards for courage and inspiration to go forward.  Sometimes the practice of sitting in silence and solitude is helpful.

I'm going to remember this quote from Soulseeds and move on:

"I’ve been thinking about what it means to live with no strings attached; giving yourself fully to each moment with no expectation that your efforts are going to be rewarded, or even noticed, planning your next steps with no certainty of the outcomes, pouring yourself into a cause without knowing where it will take you or if it’s going to be effective."  Ian Lawton

And also this one:

Popularity is a false measure of merit ~Amy Tan

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