So good of you to drop in!
Tuesday's blog roll back the hours and opens that Barbie's business can of P's. Well, today I want to broach the subject of
P for PLEASURE.
A feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
Simply put, I LOVE drawing, writing and reading. I love lots of other things, too, but for pleasure, send me to a good book, a great film, or give me a pad of paper and a pencil.
Conversely, I HATE exerting myself physically! The thought of going to the gym fills me with dread, and even though I know I have to, it’s a necessary evil to be avoided wherever possible, never a source of pleasure.
When I speak to Mark, my lad, he is totally into sport and sweating and pumping.
I can’t think of anything more daunting. He keeps telling me to go swimming.
If you look it up in the Barbaragray dictionary, Swimming says:
Dress, undress, try and slide quickly into the COLD water without anybody seeing you, without too much water displacement, and without having a heart attack. Avoid being smacked in the mouth by some buff, budding triathlete, ( possibly Mark) whizzing up the outside and overtaking in the fast lane, or stay in the safe lane, and get kicked in the head by the even slower than you doggie paddler, who is not really swimming, but acting more as a wave breaker. When Chlorine has turned your eyes into itching tomatoes, dry off in a cubical, standing on the towel so you don’t develop athlete’s foot, then get back into clothes whilst hair is still dripping, get a good hot blast to the head from the dryer screwed to the wall for little people; this is in a vain attempt to avoid an unavoidable head cold. Leave pool looking like a complete wreck.
So the only question on my mind is shall I do this
BEFORE or AFTER work?
And here’s the irony of it! When I was a kid, a student, guess what my job was during the summers and inbetween terms. Yep. I was a Lifeguard at the Black Lion Swimming pool in Gillingham! And a blimming good one at that! Saved several kiddies from drowning, was a total mermaid, always in the water, and LOVED my job.
Which just goes to prove that we can and do change as we get older!
But back to P for Pleasure. Drawing, writing and reading. And a Cadbury's chocolate bar, washed down with a lovely cup of Yorkshire tea. Life is good.
So I made a decision many years ago, to draw, design and make Claritystamps. And if you have been following my Tuesday blog ramblings, you will know that I am no overnight sensation.
I remember my brother told me many years ago, that he had never met anybody who could keep going so long, so relentlessly, for so little return. Ever the optimist, I am certain to have responded that things were sure to get better soon, but the reality of it was I was getting by, doing something I LOVED doing.
Life is what’s happening while you’re busy making plans.
Often the challenge is in baking the cake, not eating it or selling it. Whilst Clarity wasn’t making us a million, it was certainly keeping a roof over our heads and shoes on our feet. So through all those years of financial struggle, there was a great deal of pleasure there, too. As I say, if an entrepreneur is what I am, then the challenge of making it work is key - not the financial reward; that becomes incidental.
I was listening to a farmer on TV last week being interviewed. He was asked why he was doing something which clearly wasn't turning a profit, and his response was this:
“You’re not in it just because of the Buck you can get out of it; You’re in it because it’s your life."
Well said that man! That is it. It’s the life you make for yourself around something which gives you pleasure.
If somebody embarks on a career or follows a path solely for the money, the crock of gold, it will never work. It may pay the bills, but if there is any such thing as job fulfilment, nourishment for the soul, money may go a long way to softening the saddle, but it won’t make you love the horse, or the ride.
Me nowadays? There are plenty of things at Clarity that get me down. We don’t just draw pictures and make them into stamps and stencils. It’s a Jungle out there! The Industry is lean and mean, which does not come naturally to me, but now we number 20+, it’s my job to protect the company family, and sometimes I just have to get my business armour on and go into battle. But at the core of me is still the Pleasure I get from a cool piece of artwork, or a neat design.
Just now, I did some colour work on a new stencil by Mel, to see if it did the job. It was fabulous. So with great excitement I skipped around the room, to Jim, Ani, Katie, Claire and Dave, because each one of them was also involved in the creation of that stencil. And they all grinned and cooed and clapped. Pleasure all round. And if we never sell a single one of this stencil, we all got a lot of pleasure out of it anyway.
Personally, I think it’s amazing! Want to see it? Then tomorrow, I could even do a step by step, to show you how I arrived at the shading.
We call it the Family Tree Stencil....easy to see why.
It comes with a set of 6 of the most beautiful Teardrop Filigraphy Stamps you could possibly imagine. Mel gets such a kick out of drawing for us all, too!
Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, P for Pleasure. Another aspect of pleasure is not the selfish kind. I also really love smiling in the knowledge that you get pleasure out of our work, our collective efforts. That is one of my drivers for this daily blog, too. I get pleasure from writing it, quite simply because it appears you get pleasure from reading it. Cool. Long may it continue.
with love from
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