Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In Life I Trust, Oh Really

In my last post I wrote about how I trust Life to guide me in my life. Well, which way is Life now guiding me?

In my second week on my new job my right hip began to hurt really bad. I've had this pain before and have been able to work through it. I believe it is from the truck driver seats. In the past I have been able to petition my employer to get me an appropriate seat, however, I will not be able to do this now because I will be using what ever truck is available each day. And all the trucks are old and the seats in really bad shape. So now what? Is Life guiding me to get out of trucking all together? If I am unable to deal with the hip situation I have no choice. I can't help but wonder if this is happening because I would really prefer to get out of driving for a livelihood.

The pain is really intense and even with a three day weekend it has not gotten better. I have been hanging out with intense pain and no position really helps. To keep driving does not seem like such a good thing to do. However, I went to the chiropractor this morning and with a good jerk to my leg I felt and heard my hip pop! It still hurts, but it feels like I have a chance to work with it. I have also done research on exercises and stretches that may do me well.

While I am not ready to make a career change, I don't think this is what Life is pushing me toward right now. I'm taking the view that what my opportunity is, is to work with exercise and stretching to heal my hip, but much more. I believe what Life is pushing me toward  is to go deeper into taking care of my body with weight loss and building my muscle support is .

Now I know that belief can be challenged and put down or dismissed and this does not matter. The important thing for me is how this helps shape my attitude toward my life. My belief that Life is guiding me may or may not be true, but what is true is that this more positive attitude helps me to stay calm and take the next step to keeping my proverbial shit together and just feel better in my life!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Looking For a Name for My Sculptures

I have a name for my jewelry, "Soular Wind Jewelry Collection." Soular Wind is a name that came to me over forty years ago. I used that name for my band back in the good 'ol daze. This name is reflected in my jewelry which will have definite shapes, however, my sculpting has a different feel and will not have as definite shapes.

 I call my technique Shape Shifting Sanding. This is because the shape of the wood changes by what the grain brings out as I watch it move like a movie. My work has an almost aquatic feel to it, however, it's not really about the ocean.

Here are some pictures:

Here are some of the names I am working with. Please give me your feedback as to which one you like, or a name you think would be good:

  1.  Fluid  Motion Sculptures 
  2. Flowing Wood Grain Sculpture  
  3. Shape Shifting Sculptures  
  4. Wave Form Sculptures 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Practice Retirement is Over

I have considered the last couple of months as a practice retirement. (I don't like the word retirement but will use it for now. I plan an article addressing this sad word) It has been very good for me, but now I will be returning to my second career as a professional driver. The cool thing about this new job is that it will be local, which means I'll be home in my own bed every night!!! Also, the company I will be driving for is local and family owned. I get some really good vibes with everyone I have met so far.

The main thing that has evolved for me with this time out from working is that I now feel less fearful as to how I will handle retirement. The fear has been that I would sort of shut down and not do much. I have seen this all to often where a man retires and then goes down that proverbial hill rather fast. I believe this is because of no longer really being engaged with life. In addition to this concern I also am not set up financially for the status qua framework of retirement. In other words I'll have to work till I die!

Here is where this blog & online store come in. I have held a vision of creating a livelihood that I could do comfortable through the years using my talents and skills with woodworking, as well as with sculpting, writing, music and maybe ever a little bit of magic. This is where I have been able to use this time out to focus on my vision and have made some fantastic progress with it!

I have no idea as to what sort of energy I will keep up with my business with getting back to the work world, however, things are in place and the fact that I will be home daily and off weekends gives me hope I can keep it on track. However, I understand that I am more of a non-linear character and know that my flow will come and go, yet always to return to my dreams!