For the last week or so I’ve been trying to write a blog on forgiveness. Talk about a “Bang Head Here” week. Just.Not.Happening. Every time I sat to write the words were all wrong. I know deep down that blog will happen, I know not when.
I started doodling years ago. It was pretty awful. And by awful I mean bad. Really bad. Like I don’t have any of them to show you. Nope not a one. I have quilt samples too. Awful. But ya know what? I practiced both doodling and quilting. And now
I’m not so awful.
Wanna know one of my secrets?
One of the most important things I do in quilting now?
Surprised? Please don’t be. It’s the only way I know to get better at what I do and improve my skill. Practice is the only way I know to become familiar enough with my machine and learn its quirks. It’s the only way I know how to teach. That’s right, it’s the only way I know how to teach. To show you how I practice pairing needles and thread and tension settings. How I get straight lines and consistent feathers. It’s how I come up with designs for the quilts I eventually send out for competition.
Failure is an option but just because we fail at something doesn’t mean that we weren’t meant to do it. Failure and disappointment show us what isn’t working for us and where we need to change and grow. Failure and disappointment give us greater opportunities because we know what’s NOT working. In our quilt making we have seam rippers – the erasers of the quilting world! They are so very important!
Letting go of our fear of failing will make the whole learning and quilting process so much easier. It will allow us to quilt outside the lines or change up what we’re doing inside the lines.
Failure leads us to Mercy for ourselves and others.
Failure leads us to Compassion for ourselves and others.
Failure leads to Kindness for ourselves and others.
Failure leads us to living a Beatitudinal life.
Failure leads us to a deeper understanding of the Our Father.
Be kind to yourself. Recognize that practice and failure allow us the opportunities to grow and become closer to God and better at our quilting.