The very moment, the numbers on the safe dial all align and CLICK!, the vault opens. In this case, my brain CLICKED and I finally “get it”.
Yesterday, I almost didn’t share a counted cross stitch picture with a private cross stitch group. It was Wednesday. They call it WIP Wednesday. Work in Progress. The idea is to share the piece you are working on, sharing inspiration or an idea.
When you join a group like that, you have to be willing to share & trade. No, you may not sit on the sidelines and judge. If you do, well, you are a wall flower and NOBODY wants to go sit with the judgey wall flowers. A huge, beautiful part of the group is to gain confidence and be brave enough to share your art. Being a beginner or expert, it matters not.
Almost daily, I take. I take inspiration from other members projects along with Work in Progress Wednesdays as well as Finished Fridays. I take ideas and I take the goodness they are sharing and it helps carry me through the day. I smile thinking of some of the remarkable creations that are offered up.
The ying to that yang is, I have to share.
Like I mentioned, I almost didn’t share. Then I thought, gee whiz, he is so cute, I want to share my happy. As a recovering perfectionist, I am taking huge strides.
I counted 6 mistakes in one little stitched dog. Would anyone judge me? Would anyone point out the mistakes? Oh sure, maybe the folks sitting on the side lines not willing to take a chance themselves. However, for me, leaving in a couple mistakes makes me proud.
Oh don’t get me wrong, this piece alone I have taken out several stitches and tossed around some swear words like a crusty, old sailor.
Speaking of the military, I recently learned a VALUABLE lesson from some current and retired Air Force pilots.
There is no such thing as a perfect mission.
“The goal is to have the number of take offs equal the number of landings.”
Click, I GET IT!
Um, what is my goal? My goal is to delight in a hobby I really enjoy. My goal is to spend an hour or so a day creating. My goal is to look for and find the joy in making something with my hands. My goal is to sometimes make a gift to share. My goal is to try new fabrics and new threads and stretch my limits. My goal is to enjoy the process, learn along the way, go easy on myself.
In other words, sometimes it is not the perfect piece, it is the process.
Some days I feel myself buckling under immense weight of self-induced guilt. The need for perfectionism.
I am learning to bathe myself in Grace. It is a process.
Vanessa from (in) courage said it beautifully-
“Truly giving yourself grace isn’t about giving yourself anything. It’s about being open to His grace & fully accepting it, not just for the big hurdles , but for the tiny every day stumbles.”
onward my dog lovin’ friends, onward.