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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fear and pain stop me. I am a coward.

This 'tweet' spoke volumes to me: "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little." Edmund Burke (Tweeted by Mayor Corey Booker this a.m.)

I often find myself saying that. I can't do what I want, I can only do a little so the heck with it.

I also tell myself the opposite: If I go forward, little by little, what if I am successful, I will not be able to do what needs to be done with the success.

I have started making greeting cards. I write text and do the illustrations. Because of the eye and intense concentration; and looking to do them right, it may take a few days to get one done the way I want. Then it takes more time to scan them into my computer and put them into a card format. Bottom line: the fun and joy of the doing turns into pain.

I enjoy the doing and even more so the having done. I get good reactions. Most are humorous. I love when someone opens the inside and guffaws. There is no more real response than that.

I want to start an etsy store, an online site for handmade crafts, etc. but I am afraid. It is not the eye time involved in getting it set up, rather it is the worry. What if I am successful? What if there are a lot of orders? How would I manage getting them sent out in a timely manner? My eye cannot handle that. Then what do I do? So my choice has been not to do.

Burke is right. You have to at least try. Doing nothing because I can only do a little is not only a mistake. It is the coward's way out.


  1. I have just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It is not nearly as debilitating as your illness, but I am encouraged by your strength to keep on living life to the fullest as best you can. Good luck to you, Rae

  2. Thank you Rae, and thanks for reading. And I'll check out your blog (:

  3. I saw your blog listed in the BC directory and thought I would come over and read through your pages. This post spoke to me, maybe because I am a "fixer", but I would like to offer some advice.

    Zazzle might be a nice compromise for you. You can upload your art, personalize cards and other products and place them for display in your store. I believe you can add your store to a sidebar widget on your site. Zazzle takes care of the mailing and actual production of products. This might be a "no fuss, no muss" way of doing what you love?

  4. Savvy, I had heard about Zazzle sometime back at a greeting card info site. The talk had been so much more about Etsy that I forgot about Zazzle. I will absolutely check them out.
    Thanks so much.