Oh way back a long way back I remember listening to Bullfrogs and Butterflies. It’s so long ago it the music was on vinyl. Remember that? Vinyl was really cool having a sound that is just a wee bit scratchy and a little sensitive.
There is often a reason why memories surface now and again. They serve as reminders and can call us into deeper relationship with others and with God. If you’re not aware I live in the Big City and traffic can be well a bit challenging. Often (more often than I care to admit) bringing out language that well sailors and blue streaks come to mind. Alternately when I’m happy and being kind of goofy I make sound effects when I drive. All I can say is: ya gotta be there cause my passengers do laugh.
Sometimes when I’m getting kinda cranky this song comes into my head. Even now as I type, “when Herbert was much younger he often got in trouble/forgetting he was a snail he did things on the double.” pops into my head at random moments. Sometimes, “have patience! have patience, don’t be in such a hurry, when you get impatient you only start to worry/ remember! remember! that God is patient too and think of all the times that others have to wait for you” When that ear worm slowly makes its way into my head I know I need to stop and listen.
Aw yes, patience that oft elusive, oft desired fruit of the Spirit. Don’t laugh but I once prayed for patience – God is still answering that one. The thing about patience is it needs to be exercised, the only way be patient is to be tossed right into a situation that drives us absolutely nutty or requires a certain level of care with an individual and/or over which you have no control. It’s important to develop an understanding of the possibility that there is something going on behind the scenes that might cause us to react differently if we knew the details. Truth be told the details aren’t important. People deserve our patience whether or not they deserve it.
Uh yes, I said that. People deserve our patience whether or not they deserve it. That includes YOU. Yes we deserve our own patience. I’d like to say especially when we’re learning something new. No I’m saying especially when we’re learning something new.
I’m going to let you in on an industry secret: learning how to quilt is not easy. There is a multilevel learning curve and a lot of techniques need to be tried in order to find the type/style of quilting that fits you. Over the years I’ve tried hand and machine quilting; hand and machine and fused applique; binding by hand, machine & hand, machine; basting with pins and spray (my favorite so far is my friend Debby’s HandiQuilter Fusion24!). I’ve tried art quilting, modern quilting. There are techniques I want to try. There are techniques that just give me the creepy crawlies. Will I ever tell you what they are? No.
It can take, it should take time to find that part of quilting that you love. It takes time to develop and hone skills. It takes time and patience. Patience & time.
Have patience with yourself today!