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My umbrella with the googly eyes...

Monday, January 14, 2013

After the umpteenth time of seeing a commercial on TV for an antidepressant drug, showing a woman with an umbrella that represents her depression "hanging over her," it came to me that I -- and probably a lot of other people -- also have things "hanging over me" that keep me from moving forward and doing what I want to do. It could be baggage from past relationships, health issues, financial issues... or, in my case, unfinished projects.

In what now seems the distant past I enjoyed many types of crafts, needlework such as knitting and embroidery, leatherwork, stained glass, quilting... then life happened, I got divorced after 15 years of marriage, eventually remarried, and never did get back to any of those things. When I retired, almost 2 years ago now, I was sure that I would find my craftiness again -- bought a nice sketch pad and drawing pencils, dug out some of my old materials, browsed through craft departments, but... nothing. Whenever I would start thinking of beginning a project, all I could think of were the quilt and afghan stored away in my cedar chest, both 9/10 finished, and I would be unable to move forward with anything new.

Having gotten to what I believe is the root of the problem, I have now resolved to do the obvious thing (obvious to anyone but me, until just now, I assume...) and just complete those 2 projects, even though I'm no longer as enthusiastic about them as I once was, and then start something else that DOES speak to me. LOL, the quilt has been languishing for so long that my entire color scheme has changed, but I'm sure I can find someone to give it to...

If you have something hanging over you, figure out what will let you move on -- life is much too short to be held down by the past!
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    Well said!
    1922 days ago
    This was on one of my writing threads today

    I think it's just what you need

    1924 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I had some quilt projects that were no longer 'me' as they were not done, so mailed them to some ladies that wanted to do charity quilts so they went to a good home so I could move on in my craft life. So you do not have to finish them just find someone that would love them!
    1925 days ago
    Good job Sandy. good luck with your unfinished projects. I donate quilts to either our local Hospice, Va or an organization called "Quilts for Kids" that gives the quilts to terminally ill children in hospitals.
    1925 days ago
    I have many unfinished craft projects, but not sure which one is holding me back, need to think about this. Or as you say something else can be holding me back. Today will be a thinking and analyzing day.

    1925 days ago
  • 1GROVES2
    Sounds very much like me! I did counted crosstitch for many years and have severalunfinished ones laying around....including a Mother one I started for my dear Mama about 20 years ago ,...., she has been gone for over 5 years now....I just can`t get back to it, when I think of it, I know I need to finish Mama`s first and thenmaybe I can continue.....its just hard that I never got around to finishing it for her......
    Unfortunately that not the onlt thing hanging over me.....balancing the checkbook for another.........
    Good blog
    1925 days ago
  • SHIRLEY721
    Enjoyed the blog.Just do it! emoticon
    1925 days ago
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