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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.

4 comments:

  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 http://thebestobooks.blogspot.com

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

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  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?

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  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.

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