Monday, February 21, 2011
Why??? I think it has to do with what can be called "will forces." This term is used in the phrase "the will to work." What prevents me from taking the step from the set-up to the execution?? Well, I pondered this as I wound those pesky skeins of embroidery floss onto little cardboard pieces, so I could actually see what colors I have. As I did this, my Little Miss Maia was glued to my side as usual. She had a million questions for me along the way about what each piece was, what the tools were, when was lunch going to be ready, and could she try. It was then that it dawned on me!! I tend to have this expectation and anxiety that as soon as I get started on any project, I will get interrupted. So.... it is better to not start rather than suffer the interruptions!! Hmmmm... sound familiar??
I continued to pick my way through the skeins of floss, carefully winding threads, that in some cases were from my teens. She triumphantly announced that she was done, eager to take it off the hoop and get to hemming the edges so her precious project could grace the bed of her tiny baby doll. Her sense of accomplishment was so radiant that I couldn't help but applaud.
There is a lot to gain from watching a child at work. While they can be distracted, if they are eager to accomplish something, there is no deterring them from their goal. They have the will to work and it is admirable. Try interrupting them and you face a battle that is difficult to fight. I am again humbled by the lessons children teach us and I used my observations to turn the tables on her later in the afternoon. She tried her hardest to interrupt my goal of sorting and winding the floss, but I would not be deterred!
I was quietly thrilled to finally, after fifteen years, have that box of jewel toned embroidery floss ready for my work.