Friday, May 8, 2009
What Does It Mean
Sometimes I overthink, I have a tendency to live in my own head quite a bit. Lately I've been thinking about designs, time management and on-line connections to other people. About the meaning of success, and about what it means to be successful. About why I blog, and why others do, too.
Tomorrow I'm going to do a giveaway. I'm going to post a photo of an emblem I made with a saying on it that goes along with these thoughts, and if you post your thoughts in reply to that post tomorrow about these thoughts, I'll choose someone to get the medallion or emblem, as a thank-you for sharing your feedback, which I really appreciate a lot.
If you want to post thoughts but don't care about the giveaway, you don't have to wait until tomorrow, of course, post away here.
And you can definitely post a comment today AND tomorrow, maybe for some extra giveaway points, who knows.
But I figure if there's a bonus with the giveaway, maybe I can lure some of you who read the blog but never leave any comments (you know who you are, and I'm so GLAD you're here) into giving me the benefit of your ideas, too. Fingers CROSSED!
Here's a glimpse into some of those thoughts. They're random, and maybe a little confusing or hard to follow. I hope you'll comment if you have similar thoughts, or especially if you disagree, I'd love to hear your thoughts too. To keep me out of my own head, just a bit.
Have you ever met or known people who thought a lot about success, mainly their own, and seemed to have it pictured like a bucket full of golden coins, and if someone else gets some of the coins, there are less coins left in the bucket for them.
Instead of thinking of success like a spring that flows, and the more you dip out, the more there is coming, some for everyone. More the merrier.
Here's something else I wonder about, maybe I'm alone but I suspect and hope not. It seems as though some folks don't comment on blogs or create links to others who they think might be direct competitors.
I'm not even sure what that means, I guess I'm a bit childlike in that way. If I link to you, and you link back, doesn't that create a flow, a path for friends to follow, and eventually they will find their way back to you, all the richer, for the wanderings. Connections.
Do those of us who make beads, or create jewelry, compete directly with each other, really? If someone spends their time looking at certain designs, will that keep them from admiring other things too?
Is it limiting, or expanding?
I also feel sometimes like I'm in a race, trying to keep up with others. Did someone else get a magazine article this month? Did someone else get a project in a book, or an entire book? Does that mean I'm somehow failing, if I didn't?
Am I less creative, less happy with my work if I'm not somehow keeping up? How should I measure my own success in my own mind?
I don't want to think that way, that "keeping up with the neighbors" idea. I don't think it means that I'm failing if I'm not published this month, or if my Etsy shop isn't hitting a certain number of sales.
I guess it depends on how success or failure is defined. And that's a personal thing after all, I guess. So that's why I'm hoping you'll share your thoughts, ideas, doubts or convictions. To help me sort this out.
If you think the sky's the limit, no holds barred, life is a war and there's only one winner at the end, TELL ME.
If you think the sky's the limit, everyone floats their balloon and the more balloons the prettier the parade, TELL ME THAT, TOO.
Most of all, if you ever have these self-doubts, do this kind of mental gymnastics and questioning, let me know that so I don't feel all alone with it.
So keep an eye out for the giveaway post tomorrow. And I hope you will give me your ideas and feedback on these random thoughts and questions. Please?
I'm really earnest about this.
And if you like Oscar Wilde plays, you know the "Importance of Being Earnest" - that's an obscure literary joke, sorry, I just couldn't resist ...
The comments on this post are exactly what I was hoping for - and thank you for that. If you posted a comment here, and then go to either of the Etsy shops, you will get 50% off anything you want to take home with you when you identify yourself from this post as a genuine THANKS from me. Send me a comment on Etsy and I'll reserve your choice and adjust the price.
Now on to the next post, with the GIVEAWAY! and there will be something special for those who post in both places.
I'm really, really sincere about these questions. The replies here have been very, very helpful to me, and I'm taking them to heart. Please share your insights with me (and then we all benefit from the discussion by reading each other's thoughts) and next week I'll post the winner of the giveaway and the special bonus for everyone who posts their thoughts!