Increase Your Days Of Joy: Embrace the Process


I’m on a “baby-step” kick right now, trying to be patient with processes that are huge, complicated, and slow. The last two weeks have been full of days that did not go as planned, to such a degree that it’s easy to look back over my day and beat myself up for not having accomplished more.

So here’s my thought for the day:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. — Robert Louis Stevenson

My to do list tends to be harvest-oriented: what is finished, completed, done? Not much most days, even on the days when I’m really productive. When you write books, make quilts, and knit sweaters, most days you work on things and make progress. But the days where you actually finish things are rare.

I plant and tend seeds constantly, but rarely do I get to harvest the results. And yet, that treasured harvest would not be there if I didn’t do all the other work first. This is why experienced makers tell us to enjoy the process. If we only enjoyed the product, we would greatly limit our days of joy.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

7 thoughts on “Increase Your Days Of Joy: Embrace the Process”

  1. Really needed to read this now. Right timing. Love the quote. I even wrote a bit about baby steps too. ☺ we reap what we sow.
    Thanks for sharing. You’re amazing.
    Much love, George


    1. Glad to hear it! I love it when I come across the right thing at the right moment. Good luck with your baby steps and thanks for your comment.

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