I’m going to make an assumption that may resonate with some you – that there is a tendency to get wrapped up with excitement when faced with something new or challenging. This excitement can manifest itself in many ways: from joy to fear and anything in between.
When faced with something new, I often find myself mentally compressing my expectations of how a series of events may go into one big, scary mess.
This rush of images flashes by like a video on fast forward – unregulated and out of control. I find myself thinking that there is so much to do and it all needs to be done right now.
I still get a little nervous before every ring project, that it will fail to turn out like it’s “supposed to”, or that I’ll mess something up, do something irreversible
It is strange that I feel this sense of anxiety and apprehension before starting a project that I know will ultimately be intensely gratifying, regardless of final outcome. Yet here I am, smiling to myself about being nervous doing something I love.
Here’s what I’m learning about simply thinking about something as opposed to actually doing it: starting is the hardest part.
Once the project has begun, there is no longer a big, scary mess to rush through, there are only the small tasks at hand to focus on.
The long process of measure-cut-file-bend-mate-check-flux-solder-torch-quench-pickle-file-hammer-shape-polish-check-polish-check-polish again…
simply becomes step one – measure and mark.
Double check the measurement. Good? Great, excellent work, take a breath and move on.
It is the series of small, interconnected tasks that creates the finished project. With the notable exception of soldering, every step can be taken at practically any pace.
There is nothing inherently difficult about making a ring. It is a process that can be broken down into many small, manageable parts. There is always time to stop, take a breath, discuss, reflect, and move forward.
Every ring creation session with my clients has reflected this, ended up taking just as long as it needed to be. There is no rush or urgency, the project breathes between the moments, space is created, time is given, snack breaks taken.
It is in these moments that I get to see the look in the eyes and hear the tone in the voice that says “I never thought I could have done this. This is so much fun!”
Now look at me, I’m all wrapped up with excitement all over again.