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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 02-20-2007 03:54 PM 1492 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning I find that I’m avoiding the trip down to the wood shop. What lies behind this procrastination, I ask myself. Could it be that I am on the verge of tackling a new level of skill but do not yet know what that might be?

Or perhaps it is that the little projects that I have started are not meeting my expectations and a little self-doubt has slipped into my being? The motivation behind inaction might also lie in still waiting for the image of that summer contest project, something great that lies just outside of my vision.

And then again, this could be just a symptom of something greater. Ah, “greater” – an interesting choice of words my fingers chose to type. I had an image of a barrier in my mind and yet the Spirit manipulated the perspective and by the time it reached my fingers it had changed from a negative to a positive. That is a good sign.

Yes, a good sign, indeed, as I have been struggling for the past several days with the inner fire that waits to be unleashed, setting free some great potential that I long to find. I have also struggled with my never-ending challenge of finding—(please be patient with me, Frank)—balance in my life, a balance of all things important so that none gets lost in my daily life.

A characteristic of who I am is that I put a “100%” focus on some component of my life until something else takes a priority and then the first is forgotten and the second takes over. During the frenzy of passionate energies, household duties stockpile, other hobbies sit idle waiting for their moment to shine once again.

For example, all of November, December and January I waited for my supply of deer hides to get tanned. Three weeks ago we picked them up. I was so excited. Today, they still sit untouched and I am saddened. My camera also sits idle, longing to capture the beauty of nature. The list goes on, time abandonned adds up, as my current focus of woodworking has taken over my time and my mind.

Today.. yes, today, I am making a commitment to finding a balance, a way to take advantage of the 100% focus and at the same time allow my energies to also be shared with household responsibilities as well as my other hobbies.

“Have to” and “want to” activities. They are all “want to” (how fortunate for me). Today I begin my tomorrow.

Dishes – check.
Laundry – check.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 02-21-2007 02:50 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-I once remember praying for ‘patience’, well after finishing my prayer it was off to work I go-go -go….only to be overcome by all the ‘patients’ I came across on my way and since that day I still come across ‘patients’ out in the woods. These all say to me, “have patience Frank, and I am still learning….but now I have learned also to give thanks for the opportunity of gathering ’patients-of-patience’.

The opportunity is what I give thanks for….and by giving thanks, I have learned to practice avoidance of no-thing! I gave up balance since I got tired of making choice(s) and that was-is my choice, this does not mean that that act that I have choosen is right for you, you will find your own answer in your own time. But then I still practice the balance of the pull saw as it runs a track of avoiding friction in the midst of the cut….and so what balance have I gave up in this?

Love is patient and kind….and never-ever seeks it’s own way….now go and figure that!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 02-21-2007 03:25 AM

Dear Lord, give me patience and give it now!

When we pray for patience we get delay. When we pray for understanding we get mystery, when we pray for endurance we get pain, etc. for it’s the only way we learn these qualities.

Debbie, fear of the unknown is a common ailment. It can sometimes paralyze. I’m not sure what the cure is, but somehow I instinctively feel it lies in visualizing the desired outcome. If we can somehow just see where we want to end up, the journey to that goal becomes less arduous, less frightening, and certainly more rewarding.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 02-21-2007 03:37 AM

Sounds like me Sunday. I had a few hours all to myself, and I seemed to only want to do something else… It wasn’t until my wife and daughter came home that the day sorted itself out.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 02-21-2007 04:50 AM

Debbie: I may have mentioned that I’m working on a couple of chests for my daughter and daughter-in-law. As I was looking att my cutlist of the parts I noticed that it was dated 2-20-2004. Three years ago. I started on them but I knew it would require a new skill in order to go to the next step. I sure didn’t want to mess up the current work. And, i kept saying that I needed more room in order to practice what I needed to do. And so it sat. I think that there was a fear of the unknown that I didn’t want to push. It would require a sliding dovetail to put the drawer slides into the side of the cabinets.

And so they waited. A couple of weeks ago I made the decision to “Just do it!” I practiced on a piece of pine. Said to myself, “That’s not hard!” and got busy cutting.

I finished the 28 sliding dovetails and finished glueing them last night.

So get over the struggling, get your focus, do your dishes, wash Rick’s clothes then go make sawdust.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 02-21-2007 01:24 PM

everything happens when it is meant to happen. I know this, I believe in this but some days, well, the wait is a struggle. But, at the same time, I also celebrate the struggle, knowing that on the otherside is greatness. Struggles, conflicts, internal turmoils are all signs of something about to happen, as long as you look at the situation and take it forward and/or let itself sort itself out.

I also know that action also is how achievements occur and so I do not want to look back in life and say “I should have just done it!”

As my blogging continued yesterday, in a variety of forms, the next step unravelled itself and some personal commitments were made and it feels good.

Thank you all for listening and for taking the time to support me during this time of change.

Karson, congrats on finishing your project!!!
Scott, isn’t it interesting how the things that are truly important in one’s life always seem to make life “work” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 02-21-2007 01:37 PM

Take it easy Debbie
Just take it one day at a time, & someday you’ll look back, & say, I did that ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 02-21-2007 01:48 PM

thanks Dick :)
Life is pretty cool, isn’t it !! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 02-21-2007 02:55 PM

Well Debbie I’m a long way from finished. I’m now starting 14 dovetailed drawers. One more task and one more to overcome.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 02-21-2007 07:56 PM

ah… drawers!! you sure you need them ;)

one step at a time…
and we shall overcome

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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