On the other hand, I've increased my book intake and reveled in how much it's a means to open a world of knowledge and imagination. I also reclaimed myself as an artist, I put it on the shelf and labeled it "Hobby", which it is most definitely not! It's a gift not to be taken for granted and something to be celebrated, especially in a country that is slowly but surely removing the arts(from sculpture to Dobro) from our schools and our budgets!!!
Now that I know I'm permanently damaged, which isn't a surprise to those who know me, hehe... Before the accident I two speeds fast forward and stop, so obviously I threw a plan together(during my fight to keep my job) with a backer/partner, and started a business. It's been successful, however this year has been a bit to much skin off my nose, so time to quit pa-diddling with the antique/estate liquidation business and get back in the Corporate saddle, though this bit of misadventure has led me to be choosy. Just because our economy is in the tank and unemployment is ridiculous, doesn't mean that I have to work for a careless, thoughtless company or that I have to work under ridiculously inept people or in ceaselessly threatening conditions. Oh, no... no... no... there are excellent companies out there that value their employees and have vision. That is who I am going to work for and I am tenacious, it will happen!
I've been reevaluating my path, which has led to a decision to change direction with education, business and what my new career looks like. I'm going from Management to Training, which was my favorite part of that job...watching the light bulb turn on, seeing the growing confidence and most of all, the embracing of the team idea. Understanding that team doesn't mean "you" lose your achievements and unique skills "you" bring to the table dissolving into an amoeba, it means a "family" of help, brainstorming, support and community. Which is an invaluable aspect of all facets of life, investment in others...thus making you NOT the center of the universe, individual, special...yes, but a spoke, not the entire wheel. Vital, since a wheel depends on it's spokes for it's strength...something I'm noticing is terribly lacking, more and more. The desire to be a part of, to be helpful, thoughtful, even curious. So, now it's time to show some lucky company who I am and what I stand for! ;-)
I will continue to create which will more than likely end up in an online small business...although, I'd prefer an artisan co-op. One never knows! Life is a wild ride, what a ride it is!!!