Things don’t work out as planned. Sometimes it’s better.
I thought of this truth recently in the midst of a woodworking project. In my shop at least, where “making sawdust” is therapy for me, creative projects always take a life of their own. Somewhere between my mental plan sketched schematically on paper and the peculiarities of grain and circumstance in each project, somewhere between the ideal and the actual, things don’t work out as planned. Abstraction bows to Reality. That’s not Life forcing me to settle. Often it’s change for the better.
So too with Great Scots Magazine. Recently an opportunity opened for handing off GSM to a new owner with vision and passion for our breed. It seemed a winning plan.
But like real pieces of wood in a workshop, pieces that breathe and ‘move’ with the barometer, pieces that carry their own fingerprint grain and warp like a personal signature, the ‘hand-off’ couldn’t work — more from my side than the other.
But Life is telling me in this case this is a good, not a bad, thing. The reality of GSM ending after the fourth quarter issue next month has spurred new talk and on-paper plans for a NEW Scottish Terrier magazine.
For the past 19 years GSM has given voice to Scotties and their people in unprecedented ways reflecting the idiosyncrasies of its founder and editor. It’s non-transferable. It can’t be “handed off” and shouldn’t try.
But what GSM can do is clear the way for others to blaze their own paths of Scottish Terrier celebration. GSM is a model of how an independent advocate voice for Scottie companionship can feed a community and not only survive, but flourish. Its termination can clear the ground for something new and different and better.
So, although the erstwhile ‘plan’ to carry on Great Scots Magazine had to be scrapped as unworkable, I believe what is emerging in Scottie circles with reference to the birth of a new journal is Life working things for the Better.
I’m calling “good things” for our dogs, their people, and especially to those who are daring to dream a new and great dream.
Joseph Harvill, publisher Great Scots Magazine