Recently, I read an interesting statistic, the kind that makes you think about priorities, choices, and the shape of your to do list. It was that 85% of what we do, anyone could do - 10% of what we do, we could train someone else to do - and only 5% of what we do can be done by us alone. Those are the things most likely to get pushed aside when they are the most important for each of us to accomplish.
What are those things? They would differ in the details but otherwise they're probably similar for many of us. Only I can care for my holisitic health meaning the spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and relational aspects of my life. Only I can care for my relationship with God, myself, family, and friends. And only I can do that thing that I'm passionate about - the thing (s) that nurtures the inner me. The statistic was in my study which went on to say that God doesn't care how busy we are, he cares if we did the things that he asked us to do - the 5%.
What discovery have you made about yourself recently that you found surprising? Why it took me so long to make the connection between the lack of clutter in my house and a dislike of clutter on my clothes, I don't know. That was surprising. And I've started to think differently about the length of time between when I first start to talk about doing some task and when I actually - hands on - get started. I used to want to do and then do right away and it doesn't work like that anymore. Perhaps because what I'm wanting to do creatively is more subjective than it used to be. There's no pattern or clearly defined path. What I've realized recently is that wanting to, talking it over, evolving it in my mind, making room for it in the schedule, and preparing to begin the hands on phase ARE part of the process which was somewhat of a relief to discover since...
... I thought it might be procrastination or fear and maybe it is on some level although it doesn't really matter what we label it because whatever it is, it's part of the process of getting from here to there. I know that I have been talking about creating textile jewelry for at least eighteen months. It was my goal for January 2012 and yet I seemed to be going nowhere until I realized that I am doing the work because even though I haven't physically been producing pieces, I have been noting jewelry shapes, gathering materials, formulating ideas, reading books, finding ways to merge textiles and jewelry, and evolving designs in my head. These are theory stages, the prep stages, the ones before you sit down and actually do the making work because...
... that's the stage where self control and discipline and determination come in. You have to keep your butt in the chair day after day, ugly piece after ugly piece, until your skills and abilities begin to develop. This too is part of the process - any process of creation. It's the learning stage. It's itchy, anxious just as it's exciting, challenging. We experience it whenever we move in new directions. It's a stage we work through until the tasks become more easily accomplished. What have you done recently that's itchy anxious?
My coat is finished. I'm pleased with how it turned out and how it fits. Making it was the other side of itchy anxious - flow - when your hands move with ease while your mind bubbles with creativity. It's a reminder to me that the learning stage is worth working through. The piece feels like me and has some of those moments that show up in my textile art - in particular the buttons and lining. I definitely want to do more of this kind of work.
This frog-like shape may not look like much but it's the two fronts and the back of the baby sweater seamed together at the shoulders. Not only is that a major accomplishment of Day Two - Screaming Baby - The Sequel but I knit the right front three times. The first time, I noticed that not only were the buttonholes not evenly spaced, there weren't enough rows. The second time, I'd knit the entire side only to note that I hadn't cast on enough stitches and had knit the right front one size smaller than all the other pieces. The third time, it was correct. Thankfully. Today... perhaps.. sewing on the sleeves and maybe a collar. It depends...
... on screaming baby. Isn't he cute... at the end of the day... in a rare moment of silence. For this too, we give thanks.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - one completely and correctly knit right front