Be very careful what you wish for..

Once upon a time, I had this dream of a home in the country with a bright, spacious, workshop with all of the tools I would need to design and produce wonderful things that clients might need. I would spend my days working on new designs for clients and would enjoy country life to the fullest.

In this dream, I envisioned that Gretchen would have her own studio where she could paint and she would spend her days creating art and working with other artists on group projects.

While I fully expected this to happen, I didn’t take into account the multiplier effect that occurs when other people think you have a reasonably good idea and helpfully pile on by sending you business and getting you involved in all sorts of other activities.

I am working seven days a week to keep up with demand in my new custom framing business and Gretchen is driving to and fro like a soccer mom to exhibit her work and to staff the gallery she created with 5 other artists.

We smile wistfully at each other over breakfast and promise to get together real soon for a glass of wine on the back deck…when things slow down a bit. Then a hug, a quick smooch, and tires are spinning on the gravel driveway as we sprint off in separate directions to keep our new enterprises and our new commitments from toppling over on us.

We are happy with what we have created. It is just that thanks to our many friends, we have more on our plates at this moment than we planned for.

We will prevail and may even get organized.
A special thanks to all who have helped.

Tune in later for more posts on this subject.

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0 Responses to Be very careful what you wish for..

  1. Mouse says:

    Hello David
    I’ve emerged, briefly from The Studies to check out what’s happening in the world…
    I have to say I agree with you, since leaving The Rat Race and moving to rural France my life is rich and full and very, very busy
    But it’s a good, honest, satisified busy, one that enriches rather than diminishes
    n’est-ce pas?
    Bonne chance et je te souhaite une très bonne journée!

  2. Zack says:

    In a way I think busy is good. Too many people retire and then disconnect from life. While you feel “too busy”, I think it is a lot healthier to be engaged and pushing one’s self.

    Too many people let their health and mind go when they retire, but by pushing oneself it seems that one keeps mentally and physically fit long after retirement.

    I hope you and Gretchen both stay fit for many years to come and I am sure you will eventually find time to have a glass of wine on the porch.
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