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Humility and some musing on what it means to me. If you don’t care skip to the next horizontal break for the next topic.
Humility is a virtue that hit’s very home for me. Over the last three years, I have had a blog rate which averages at close to 3 per day and continues still at that average. I am not embarrassed or ashamed by this; I am proud of it. I enjoy it; my work helps people, and it is allowing me to explore ways to achieve true happiness in my life.
It has also caused a lot of recognition for me in particular communities and with certain people. More than I have ever achieved as an individual.
I think that you could have two things happen to you as an individual when that happens. Perhaps more, I am unsure. One that is obvious to me is, of course, it could boost one’s ego. I will sometimes feel a definite ego boost when I am retelling a story to someone about this thing that happened.
That is not wrong. One should have pride in their work, and you deserve to have a little bit of an ego. These emotions help give you drive, creativeness, and allow you to understand them in others. Balance is important, though, the Yin Yang that applies to so many things. Ego and pride both have their place. At the proper times and in the proper amount.
For me something indeed happened I never expected, though. It made me feel very undeserving. It often still does, as if I am doing something wrong. It often makes me feel like, hey.. I just do this thing because I had fun with it and wanted to lend a hand to people. Yeah, I wanted some credit and recognition but this thing *insert a thing* is way more than I could have ever even hoped for and thus it is more than I deserve!
For me.. The result of all that added together is I feel very very humbled. It has made me want to be a better person and as a result, of that, I have become a better person and continue to strive to be even better. For emotionally, even if not always logically, I do feel that I need to earn those things given to me by my readers, those I work with, and those that promote me.
I have changed and grown more as an individual in the last three years than in the decade or more before. Not all of them have been good; some have been due to growing older, and I have no control of them. However the changes I can change by choice have been for the better in my life are very much due to this virtue.
So Humility as a symbol from Denis Loubet on Shapeways is a piece that I will deeply relate to when I wear it. Also, I hope that when I have this one on, and my ego is more than it should feel it’s weight, and it will remind me that I need to be a bit more humble as well.
Onto the actual product review!
I’m just going to skip onto the metal/finish on this as we already know how the medallions come out on these. Denis did a fantastic job; they are ten on a 1-10, or I wouldn’t be doing these out of my very very tight and limited yearly budget.
Polished Gray Steel, though? Honestly? I don’t know that is what this is. I suspect there may be an error in this piece from Shapeways. Perfectly ok as these things happen, and it doesn’t bother me. Considering the number of parts I have ordered they do a good work and errors IF this is even one is obviously the exception.
I make mistakes and so I will always expect them and TRY to be understanding of them from others, so long as it’s within what is reasonable for a human who is trying.
I may be wrong, though. My first impression was this was bronze or copper by mistake. I compared it to some of my other pieces, and while close it does have a slight variation. In inspecting it under the light, the finish also does not look as evenly applied as most. Finally, it looks nothing like the images that the website generates for this finish. Those are generated and have a disclaimer but regardless this is night and day!
Ok so, if I were a normal customer I would drop them a note, and I am sure they would correct it. So don’t take this as a negative review!
Instead, I am going to order my next piece in the same finish type again. If it comes out more like how I expect I can confirm it was just an error and do a review of the actual piece.
If not, then well know the Gray just isn’t all that Gray. End of the day if it was a mistake, this piece is unique as its a blend of a couple or some such. Jet cleaning issue? Did a clog come loose? I find it intriguing and fascinating and will be happy to own one that’s a slight bit different. If it was my only one and I had been dead set on gray? Or if this was a precious metal? Different story!
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You can follow users on Shapeways. That said, I would appreciate it if you followed me! The benefit to you is getting sneak peeks at my upcoming pieces as well. Although that is not a guarantee every time as I do have other people that place orders, Kickstart, and other such things on my behalf so that I can sometimes surprise people regardless.
As a blogger though my credibility for projects is often based on my analytical’s. I don’t what all I will be doing with Shapeways in the future but if it’s not hurting you to do so, increasing my followers may be of help to me. Thank you!
If you are interested in Denis Loubet’s work jump to his page here and choose following on the upper left.