Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sometimes you make the choice.....sometimes life makes the choice for you.

They say that all things happen for a reason....and they are probably right. But often, those reasons are unknown to us. It seems like someone else is pulling the strings - and we are just along for the ride. I have felt that way for some time now. Oh, I am not looking for anyone to blame or to make any excuses. Life is what it is....just have to choose how you deal with it.

We take so much for granted, that is until there is a real chance that everything will change. And change is hard. It is way too easy just to float along in life, letting life's currents take you here & there. I know many who would be hard pressed to explain why they did this or that. Much less, be willing to take responsibility for their actions or what their actions caused others to have to makeup for or fix.

I never considered myself one of THOSE people until I took a good look at where I had planned to be & where I am now. Yes, things have happened that I have no control over. But there are just as many things that I could have done differently. At the heart of that comment is a question..."Would I have done anything differently?" And my answer is NO. I did allow life to kind of push me one direction or the other...but it has brought me to a spot where I feel I need to be. Maybe who ever was pulling the strings knew what they were doing.

Many a day has ended with me feeling something was just slightly off. Nothing I could pinpoint...but just something. And over time I had to come face to face with what I was doing, what I wanted to do & what I need to do. And when you throw in some heath challenges, combined with others stealing your work. You either find a way around or just let it happen. The final nail in the coffin was when my website was hacked. All that work, GONE. And I just couldn't  bring myself  to just get back to that place. So, I did find another avenue to continue working with my beloved stones. My efforts with the website were frustrating & while it was still up & running - it was not the same.

I needed to clean out some crystals I had bought with some rock at an estate sale. And as life would have it, I found alittle niche that would allow me to continue my love affair with gems. When it started I had no idea it would become as much a part of my life as it is. And having direct contact with the hundreds of artists that buy my gems has fed my soul. While not as demanding as cutting, polishing & selling cabochons (which I am still doing) - it comes with it's own needs. And they are always changing.

And they continue to change almost daily. I am back reworking the website, adding new stock & ALWAYS looking for new stuff. Is life perfect? no.....but it is fun. And I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

Want to see what I am playing with now? Find me on Facebook  or The Polished Pebble Website

All the best to you and yours, Connie    -    The Polished Pebble