Every Thread Makes it Your Story

I visited an arts center and stumbled upon this small loom. Someone had started a weaving, and had stopped to take a break. I was reminded of how much work it is to set up a loom. All the threads that need to be put into place before any bit of weaving can begin. I have never done it, and can only imagine the discipline and patience it takes to get started. And yet if you string it incorrectly from the beginning, everything else after that will be wrong. 

As the weaver starts, they have a plan. They string the loom with the plan in mind, carefully adding row upon row of the foundation lines one at a time. Once the loom is ready, they pull row after row of yarn through the loom. The design builds and they follow the plan, while also taking a opportunities to improvise where they see fit. A plan is how they get started, the freedom to move with the changes and ideas that occur while executing the plan is what sets a phenomenal weaver apart from a regular weaver. It’s not always about how well oyu execute the plan that mattes, it is how you navigate the twists and turns, opportunties and threats life throws your way that really matters. 

The tapestry of life is woven line by line, experience by experience. Some of the most beautiful lengths of yarn and thread are the ones that can never be duplicated. The first threads provide a foundation and the last thread finishes the piece. The work in between is what tells the story. No thread is more important that the other, they all serve the whole. Without one there would be a gap, something missing, an incomplete story. Our experiences in life are like threads in a tapestry. They build upon each other to tell our story. When we learn and grow and change, we add strength and interst to your story. We become a better version of ourselves. 

Today you are adding threads to your weaving, completing your story. So what is your plan? And where do you see the opportunties to improvise and change the plan? What threads do you want to add, highlight, incorporate to make your story unique? How will your story differ from everyone else’s? And what tricks of the trade, nuances of the process do you want to share with the world? The story of your life is not yet finished. There are many threads and adventures yet to be completed. Take the time to do it right, and if something does go wrong or not as planned, then use your talent to incorporate it into the tapestry. Every thread makes it your story, one pull at a time. 

The Making or Breaking of a Habit

This sign reminded me of all those things my Mom taught me growing up. Wash your hands, look both ways before crossing the street, brush your teeth, clean your plate, make your bed, the kitchen isn’t clean until everything is put away.  All those little habits we do now without thinking. The habits that started while we were young and have carried us into adulthood. If your Mom was like mine, she was kind yet firm in making us learn these things. There was a purpose to her education and a reason why she knew we had to know how to do these tasks. 

When we were young she started us on this path. She taught us one at a time, then held us accountable once the skill had been mastered. Once you knew how to look both ways, you were expected to do it without prompting. And when you forgot, she reminded you and did not let you cross until you looked. These life skills once learned helped us navigate the world, or be thankful for our abundance, or understand a job well done. They serve as a foundation for so many habits of excellence and safety we live each day. I find myself teaching these things to the next generation. What has served me well will in turn serve the next generation. I do it basically the same way, one step at a time. Once the skill is mastered, I then hold them accountable to do it without prompting.

When I saw this sign it also made me think of the things I have wanted to do that did not become habits. They were good ideas, or best practices, maybe even habits I hoped to gain that never ‘took’. So why did I learn the ones my Mom taught and the others did not cement themselves into my being? Was there no one to push me? Was I too lazy? Did the habit never translate from good idea into solid practice? Or did I lack some motivation or reason for them to become habits? It may be a combination of all of these things, and more. 

What habits do you have that have been part of who you are for so long that you may not even remember life without them? Are they good or bad habits? Ones that move you forwrad ot ones that tear your world apart? Who taught you those habits? And have you ever tried to break the bad ones? 

The point is that some habits we practice everyday, and others were good ideas that never made it as a habit. Some habits make our life better, and others prevent us from being our best self. We too often fall victim to our habits, not realizing that we have the power to build or break them…just like they have the power to build or break us. Maybe Mom was right. Maybe her methodology was the reason certain habits stuck…she told us and showed us, reminded us, then scolded us, and in the end molded us. 

What habit do you want to build? What habit do you want to break? If you tell someone what you want and ask them to hold you accountable, you might be surprised how the habit lives or dies. They can remind oyu like she did so many years ago. ‘Mama says’ are two very powerful words, so use them wisely. 

Who Will You Inspire?

There are days when you are down and out, punished by the ins and outs of life. There are days when you wander about not knowing what’s going on, stuck in mediocrity. Then there are days when you are king of the hill, on top of the world, the ruler of all you see. This goat was having a blast defending his domain. He spent lots of energy and excitement pacing back and forth being in control. I had fun watching him have a blast being ruler of his world. 

Joy is contagious. Success is contagious.  Being happy is contagious. Each day we get to choose how we are going to repond to all that the world dumps at our doorstep. We can choose to be energetic and enthusiastic, or hold back and withdraw into ourselves. When we show our excitement and joy we allow others to be the same. When we can’t help but jump up and down having fun, we give others license to do the same. 

Never be afraid to show how you really feel. Share your excitement and joy. Let the world around you see you having fun, ruling your world. Imagine the passion you will incite by sharing your own passion with others. Ya’ never know who is watching and who you will inspire. If this goat can do it, imagine what you could do!