Thanks for popping in. Friday already. Where did that week go? In fact, where have the past 9 weeks gone, since lockdown began 23rd March ?? It’s actually uncanny how quickly we humans adapt to new, changed circumstances, isn’t it?
Friday’s blog a private peep, right? Well, I think that the daily doodles on Facebook Live have really opened a door into my private life! I’ve always been quite open, but our relationship – yours and mine – has been more focussed on the art, don’t you think? Matters of the heart have certainly been there always in the background, though…
The pandemic shifted the balance. It would have been crass, in my opinion, to just plough on regardless, demonstrating products and flogging craft stash. Of course we have to sell stuff to keep the business running! You know that. I know that. But my gut instinct – and that of the Clarity Team – was to focus on YOU, make sure YOU were okay, put things in place to keep YOU okay with what was happening around us. And now, 8 weeks on, I feel we are much closer than we were. And the stories and anecdotes, the banter and philosophy – they are all part and parcel of the SHAC-Shack, aren’t they?
To thine own self be true, and all that. I suppose it has happened naturally, quite simply because we’re all in the same boat, we’re all trying to figure out a way through this nightmare. Each and every one of us.
I can only speak for myself, but I’m guessing I speak for many. Life has changed so much!
I had things all mapped out weeks nay months in advance. Knew when to go to the office, who to have meetings with, what to plan for, when to work from home, when to go to the TV studios, where to shop, what to buy, what to cook. Etc Etc Etc
That’s all changed. More importantly, my priorities have, and so my life has shifted to accommodate accordingly. What I do every day, my routine, diet, dress code – EVERYTHING. And it is okay.
To quote Charles Darwin:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.”
We have to go with the flow, roll with the punches. Whatever happens, it is not the event, but how we respond to it which will ultimately affect us. And so we adapt, we morph, we change.
It’s a survival instinct, and humans do it well. Some better than others, but in the main, we are intuitive and we KNOW what to do to survive. We also KNOW the difference between right and wrong.
Personally speaking, this pandemic has taught me some very important lessons, and I am grateful for that. Ironically, I feel more empowered than I have for a long time. It’s almost as though you have to sink to the bottom of the swimming pool to be able to kick back up to the surface. Do you get me?
As promised, here are some close ups of our week’s Cockadoodledoodle. I have thoroughly enjoyed this. My artwork is not brilliant; there is much better out there. I am not concerned with my brilliance though. Never was, never will be. I am not here to impress. I am here to motivate and keep you company.
Know thyself. Know your weaknesses, but know your strengths too….
I felt that the dotting around the edge really added something lovely to the piece. And then, when I found the little mountboard frames in the cupboard – and remembered we custom cut these for the postcards, well! Happy days!
So we’ve dropped the price on the Frame mounts, both large AND small. CLICK HERE. Let me just add that we don’t have loads of these in stock. And that’s not a ploy – that’s a fact.
As promised also, here are the Polychromos colours I used this week. I am sorry about the delay on them. They should have landed by now, but I’m hoping soon. Please bear with us. We’ve ordered plenty! And you can pre-order!
Ahh. I hear Dave’s car in the drive. Time to stop.
Love and hugs