Work and Grace


There’s no point in pretending otherwise (not that I would), but I’ve been in a bad frame of mind lately. This week, however, I have three customer orders that must be finished and so, with a heavy heart, I drove down to the studio to commence work.

The first thing I did when I got to the studio was turn on a podcast. Today it was The Majority Report with Sam Seder. He keeps me informed while making me laugh.

The second thing I did was to write down my customers’ names with notes about their request. Today I sent out a special intention into the ether because I was not in a great space but when people buy something from me, I owe it to them to do my best to make something that they will love.

I began.

All of the tension that I carried down to the studio showed up immediately: Things just didn’t gel. I snapped a band in two. I forgot to flux the metal so that the solder didn’t take. I cut the metal too short.

I went for a walk.

I came back and told myself, “It’s OK. It’s not the end of the world. You can buy more metal and do it all over again if need be.”


I sat down again and began to rework my projects and my energy shifted. I stopped thinking and moved into the flow of just doing and I finished the day pleased with my results.

That’s the way it goes.  Nothing is permanent. Things change.  Sometimes a walk or a phone conversation with a friend or doing something kind for someone else can salvage a day.

Nothing is the end of the world.  Except for the end of the world.

4 thoughts on “Work and Grace

  1. Shifting energy is so key. And sometimes hard to remember to do. And I bet the energy of the space itself was different without Pickie being there–tho I think their energy is always with us.

  2. Probably the hardest part is that winter is coming with shorter days. That can sap the energy out of you, especially after losing your little work pal. Turn on the lights, turn off the political noise, and listen to some good music.

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