Sadly, I have not followed this advice the last few days. I’ve done no stitching but have been busy finishing a brief. It’s important work. It’s good work. It’s challenging work. I like it.
I have heard so many people…people I respect…say do what you love and the rest will follow. Most recently, I heard Kaffe Fassett say it and it certainly worked for him.
What I love is color and beading and knitting and needlework. I love learning about it, I love doing it, I love talking about it and I fear it (handwork) will disappear with my generation. I think that would be very sad, because it is in slowing down—in doing something that requires patience and peaceful moments—that our lives and the lives of those we love, truly come into focus. I believe that is why God tells us “be still”—because until we are still, it is too easy to be distracted by all the background noise and miss the great things of life.
I can’t count the hours I’ve spent thinking of and praying for those I love as I stitch or knit something special for them. So yes, I love handwork in many of its incarnations.(needle, knitting, beading ). In fact, it is one of the great passions of my life.
But—I still need to buy groceries and be a help mate to DH. And no, I still haven’t figured out how to turn handwork into a vocation rather than an avocation. So I pursue something I like—and dream of winning the lottery. On that day (or at least in the ensuing year) we will move somewhere peaceful, buy a home and I will open a retreat center, dedicated to providing a quiet place where the soul can find rest and where handwork techniques are taught, talked about and passed on to a new generation.
Hope your day is filled with blessings….Breathe deeply…Be still (if only for a few minutes).
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength–Isaiah 30:15