What a dilemma.
So much time and money invested in acquiring tools of the trade, only to come to this …
“I must ruthlessly purge my collection of classroom materials, now that I’m no longer teaching. It’s hard to let this stuff go when it has taken me so long to accumulate it. I know they are still valuable.”
The voice of a new retiree.
“If you want to add something in your quilt room, you have to decide what you’re willing let go of to make room.”
Marty, my quilt buddy, knows how heart-wrenching that can be, having already downsized her home.
On the flipside, it can be freeing. All those pattern books that sucked me in to their inspiring pages. First though, finish the work in progress. Today I can be at peace. While quilting will always be a part of me, finishing my projects has become a chore. The feeling has passed.
Purging is a must, because I’m not the same person I used to be. Many can relate to those words. If not now, your future self certainly will.
Looking back, I can’t help but smile. I can identify ways of the past that led me to where I am today. Only it wasn’t quilting.
How can I know that?
Simple. My focus was on making my passion known, without investing the time it took to excel. It was about me.
Jesus made it clear that his plan was different. Take me to a place I’ve never been before and rely on him to instill the passion to excel. That makes him the focus, and all of us can be in awe at what he accomplished through me.
It’s an adventure that can only be recognized by stepping out of my comfort zone. Surprisingly, I’m kinda liking it.
In my quilting days, I used to think quilters were very much like Christians. Always supporting and encouraging.
I’ve come to learn writers are the same way. Those that respect their skillset are sharing themselves so others can develop too.
So I scour the quilt room, digging up the stuff I was going to do ‘someday.’ There is a two-fold benefit. By doing so, I will have room to store the projects important to me. And it eliminates the excess baggage my kids will have to sort through later.
Who knows? Maybe after I’m done and things have a storage place, there may be room to work!