Thursday, July 31

Keep On Keepin' On

I'm pretty sad this morning. If you remember from a few posts back I had an issue with one of my main glazes. I had mixed up a new batch, tested it and it was not good. So I made two new tests with my old yellow ochre, and my new yellow ochre and fired those with some other tests yesterday. Something is still not right. I could post some photos but this post is not so much about what is wrong visually but what is wrong with my heart. It's crushing. I've worked sooo hard and was finally turning the bend a little. I'm not giving up, but this is a real log on the path and now I've got to figure a way through or around. It started raining this morning and I was glad. I told Adam it was like a big warm blanket around my heart. Now it's no longer raining and I just want to smack the sun.

Serendipitously, I checked Emily Murphy's blog this morning and found her post on Ira
Glass from This American Life. It's dead-on and I know these things already but I needed to hear it now and it really helped to turn my negative energy around a little. So I'm closing that gap but it's cracked open a bit. Maybe it is meant to be and the necessity to go down a different path could lead me to something really great that I never would have seen before. But for now, I am sad.


Anonymous said...

I learned this poem in First Grade and never forgot it!

Don’t Give Up

If you’ve tried and have not won,
Never stop for crying;
All’s that’s great and good is done
Just by patient trying.

Though young birds, in flying, fall,
Still their wings grow stronger;
And the next time they can keep
Up a little longer.

Though the sturdy oak has known
Many a blast that bowed her,
She has risen again, and grown
Loftier and prouder.

If by easy work you beat,
Who the more will prize you?
Gaining victory from defeat,—
That’s the test that tries you!

Phoebe Cary.


Deb said...

Thanks Phoebe-what a great poem-thanks for taking the time to write to me with it-Deb

Deb said...

wait a minute-this isn't from Phoebe,it's written by Phoebe Cary. Show's you how much I know about literature. I know who this is-it's my DD. Well, thanks again to you for sending it to me.