She Who Hesitates Makes no Progress

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” —W.H. Murray

Ever dismissed an opportunity because it’s not convenient? Or, not comfortable? Yeah. Me too.

One of the other excuses I use it that “it didn’t take.”  When I read this favorite quote today, I kicked hesitancy to the curb and resolved to wire wrap.

Classes. Videos. Lessons. For years, I’ve managed to avoid most wire wrapping, in theory because I found it difficult. In reality, wire wrapping is out of my comfort zone because I haven’t practiced enough to be good at it.

In an effort to complete a project today, I committed to wire wrapping. My project began with copper wire.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapping seaglass

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass one

I wrapped a piece of sea glass with no pressure to make it perfect. I used a prong technique I’d experienced in a class that “didn’t take.”

Although I the bail formed to the back rather than on top, (whoops!) I gave myself no time to criticize. Instead, I watched a video on beginning wire wrap and wrapped another sea glass pendant, this time using a cage approach.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass two

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass two

Still on the theme of sea glass, only using a bigger piece, I wrapped yet another item.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass three

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass three

Yes, I was on a  roll. Three worthy completions.

Instead of evaluating what didn’t work about each piece, I concentrated on the progress I’d made in a very short time and picked up the sterling silver wire.

Without giving myself permission to hesitate, I formed a cage for two earrings. I put them together and sighed in relief. Project complete. Project worked. “I did it!”

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass earrings, sterling

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wire wrapped seaglass earrings, sterling

Is there a new technique you’re hesitating to try?