Fetal Squirrel


Can My Work Make Me Happy?

Jun 26, 2017

Dear Newsletter Friends,

How is your summer kicking off? Maybe you’re in a different hemisphere so it’s your winter? Some days I’m not sure which hemisphere I’m in.

It’s been a busy few months and I’ve been thinking...

When I was 11 years old, I made my first comic strip. It was about my Grumpy Gus of a cat, Jeremy. I cast him as an elementary school teacher lamenting the daily struggle of the classroom. He was dealing with grading papers, spit-balls fights, and of course recess!

The comic strip had a short run, but I hear it was very popular in the teacher lounge. Most importantly, I truly enjoyed making it.

Decades later, as I now work on Fetal Squirrel, I realize that I feel the same joy I experienced as an 11-year-old boy. It is something that I truly love to do.

Yes, at first, my drawing skills were rusty, which caused me some consternation. But, once I got past that, the feelings of engagement were right there ready to go. They were patiently waiting for me to pick up the pen and start creating comics again.

Initially, I thought, “creating Fetal Squirrel is making me so happy!”

But after some careful thinking, I asked myself, “how could a pen, pencil and a few sheets of paper make me do anything?” I’m mean, really?

Those feelings of joy and happiness are happening inside of me. Fear and frustration happen inside of me. I own them. I am responsible for their ebb and flow.

Creative work is hard. Sometimes I avoid it. I grab a muffin or an extra cup of coffee and stall. I stall and stall and stall. I stall so long that I forget that the antidote to stalling, is simply sitting down and doing the work.

Once I remember to do that, it’s simple.

All it requires is effort and a growth mindset. This is my favorite form of effort—the only form that can connect me to my favorite emotion which is already inside me… joy.

Fetal Squirrel Webcomic
With joy in mind, please go check out the latest episode of my webcomic. Maybe you’ll find some delight or wisdom or peace in it.

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Until Next Time
Have a lovely rest of June and keep moving forward in all that you do. Take the time to treat others with kindness and respect. Spread the love.

Take care,

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