Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like Emerson. I like Thoreau! I'm learning to use a quilt frame system, ideally it would have a mid or long armed sewing machine on it, but for now it plays host to my Bernina. I have doodled with it, and was pleased with how easily I segued from moving the quilt to moving the machine! But I can tell, there are a LOT more capabilities with the second method. Shapes, designs ... quilt a little here, and a lot there ... And each time I remove the project from the frame, and look at it over all, I'm pleased with myself. Of course, the REAL "feel good" came when I dragged my first attempt to the Quilt Shop to show Sherrie. She positively glowed at me! THAT felt good. It was the "reward of a thing well done, that I actually DID!"
It's true of so many things, when you get right down to it. Not necessarily limited to a craft, or a hobby. It could be true of a long awaited letter you finally sat down and wrote; it could be the new recipe you wanted to try on your family, but were afraid of their reaction to "change". There are no limits! Last week, when I went through some of the boxes to find things for the new resident in Oscoda who is starting over, I was pleased not only with what all I amassed for her, I was also pleased with having succeeded in moving things to the new shed, out of the garage. I need to do that again. There's still far too much chaos in the garage. As I moved the boxes, and sorted through them, I located photos friends have been nagging me for; I found things that have been packed since our exodus from Arizona five years ago. What fun! I was reunited with possessions, and felt enriched. Memories were renewed and refreshed, and I felt like I had accomplished something at the end of the day. Big deal, you say, I moved 6 boxes. YES! BIG DEAL!!! It was well done, and I felt the reward!
Tackle something tomorrow. It doesn't need to be a world changing thing, choose something you can achieve, and DO it! And then bask in the glow of the reward for a job done!