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Get More Satisfaction by Choosing Long Term Projects

Do you ever debate on whether you should make a quick card or a complex one? Personally I tend to shy away from complex folds. They take longer, I may waste supplies if I make a mistake and at the end I have 1 card, now it may be an exceptional card, but still we have become ingrained to think that more is better.

What if more is not better? Yes it is more… you can send to multiple love ones in a flash. What if that means that they have less meaning or feeling behind them? In a sense more generic and less tailored to the person you are giving them too? Personally, I do not susbscribe to this thought process. The value to the person receiving your minature works of art is not just in the time it took to make the card but that you remembered not only the event but the time given to SHOW the receiver you remembered the event and thought of them.

The value of a complex or long term project is the satisfaction it gives YOU the creator! For example, the post on Monday had a creative fold, not complex but out of my comfort range. But the success of such a card has given me confidence to create duplicates of the design for this year’s holiday card making.

For another example, I have been working on covering what I thought was a small wall in my kitchen with cork. You may have seen the previous photos of the project in progress, a project that was at least a year in the making. I finally completed it this last weekend with some motivation in the form of an open house event.

It would be easy to deminish the work as not hard or labor intensive as it was only hot glue and corks after all (despite the surpisingly large amount of burns I received). But what is more remarkable is the perserverance that wall required. Remember how I said the wall was small? It is, but so is the space each cork occupied thus making the wall vast and seemingly never ending.

It is hard to say it if was more gratifying at 12:30am placing the last cork (having to clean up and quickly go to bed may have made that final moment a fraction less grand) or the next morning and seeing the “fruit” of my labor or that afternoon hanging all the decor I had carefully collected to complete the look or even the number of compliments I received that night at the open house.

No I think it is the intense satisfaction of completion of a long project, something that you do not get from a work you can whip up in 10 or 15 minutes. Hobbists that do small intricate work and knitters of large blankets (who I just happen to be) understand this sense of accomplishment. The longer is takes to create the larger the reward and satisfaction of completion.

To this I raise my wine glass and say friends, take the long road home, bit off more than you can chew, feel free to strugle, fail, start again if need be and choose the projects that will give you the ultimate sense of accomplishment and pride as nothing slapped together before moving on to the next project titled “I have to do this but I have no time” will ever give you this feeling of completion and wholeness we call true joy. It feels good, really good.

The completed wall meets Luna’s approval.
All decorated.

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