Monday, March 21

The best way out is always through: Lessons from a Bear Hunt


We love this book.
Over and over and over again.
There's profound wisdom that lies hidden in it's pages.
Listen carefully:

Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
We have to go through it.

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost

I am an expert procrastinator.
Expert avoider of all things not-so-fun.
Show me something I don't want to do
and I'll show you 1,037 other things that must be done instead.
This was my mantra in college.
Mostly for writing papers.
I finally came to the conclusion (my senior year)
that the only way to finish a
paper/project/whatever
was to start.
Brilliant.
I know.

Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
We have to go through it.

And I haven't been challenged
in the way that this artistic journey
challenges me since college.
Little mountains to climb, everywhere I turn:
taking decent photos of artwork
learning photoshop
learning blogger
learning etsy
packaging
publishing
marketing
shipping
printing
taxes
sales
mountains everywhere.

 And I have to climb each and every one in order
to do what I really want to do :
Stay home (part time) with my babies & paint.
And they are a gift
(these ugly mountains)
because every single time I come through
even the smallest of challenges
I'm so stinkin' proud of myself.
I did that. I can do the next thing.
yay me.
The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost
So what is your mountain today?
What do you need to get through to get where you want to go?

5 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to you,
    beautiful Erin!!!
    Hope this next jaunt
    around the sun
    is your sweetest adventure
    yet!
    And that each day finds you
    with fresh wings
    and a light heart:)

    I am so feeling every single
    word you wrote!
    Right there with you
    and inspired by your
    going-through-ness!
    May the breakthroughs
    this year
    surprise and delight you!
    So glad you ARE.
    -Jennifer

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday to you sweet Erin! May God continue to bless the works of your hands and heart.

    I am right there with you at the bottom of some of those mountains...

    Love the new look of your blog.

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  3. Happy Happy Birthday!!!! Have a great day and eat lots of cake!!! great post:O)

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  4. thanks for sharing! Arlin and I are always looking for new books to add to our library cart!! :)

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  5. I know exactly what you mean: you can't start something new without scores of new challenges cropping up along the way. I started my blog, then realized there were all kinds of things to know in order to improve it, and taking good photos was a biggie. And I just don't WANT to learn PhotoShop right now! But I'm trying to prioritize and enjoy the process and learn as much as I can along the way. And I'm with you: it feels so GOOD every time I figure out something new! Thanks for this post.

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