Every now and then, the admonition of the construction foreman from Tonka Construction, one of my son’s first computer games, starts playing in an endless loop in my head:*
“Finish one job before you start another!”
Sometimes I try to do too many things at once and end up feeling dissatisfied with everything; anxious about everything. This is one of those times. I’m at a lull in crochet design and bothered that I haven’t come up with my next big project. Meanwhile, I’ve been knitting socks, weaving scarves, and crocheting small squares for my latest Bandwagon Blanket — starting endless small projects — and feeling that everything is stale.
I’m not sure what the answer is. A good friend says I should just take it easy, and that I’ll get inspiration while doing something — anything — else. Read books! Bake Christmas cookies! Take walks in the wintry weather! Any and all of these things, according to my friend, will eventually help me get my mojo back.
My mojo could just be buried beneath a snow drift. It is that time of year.
I’m fighting the urge to just start new things for the sake of having something to do — and then failing to follow through. That’s generally my M.O. when I get cranky with life, but it usually just results in increased crabbiness. Instead, I’ll continue trying to take it easy, engaging in low-stress activities that make me feel good and, most importantly, finishing one job before I start another.
Or maybe I’ll just tell my inner foreman to shut up.
* Can you believe there’s even a wiki for Tonka fans?!