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I think you are right about the many ideas we have in starting projects… it IS easier to start something new, exciting even… and then easy to put it down when new ideas come and I want to start something new.
I read somewhere that the desire to start new things when the old things haven't even been finished is the 'creative spark' within us, always coming up with new things, as opposed to the 'worker bee' part of us that labors over a thing diligently until it is finished.
I see that what you suggest about painful memories is true also… I just finished writing a memoir piece about an 8-year long experience from back in 1994 to 2002, something I had made note to myself that I needed to write about someday, and did. It was very difficult and my emotions were lurching all over the place as I wrote, but it was good to get it finished. I can see how I probably did need all these eleven years since the experience to be able to accept it all… and even to fully experience the emotions associated with it.
My assortment of UFO's are like hidden treasures to me, too : )… but usually I'm spending all of my energies at my job, which is hugely time consuming… so maybe I can reconsider and have hope that when I retire I will be able to have a plan like Denis talks about and have more ability to apply some of my own organizational skills to completing my writings and other projects : )
Until then, it's good to have the encouragement of friends. Thank you! …and Denis and Patty too : )