I'm often asked "How do you keep your stitches so tiny and neat?", and my answer is quite simple.
I don't mind unpicking and re-stitching if the result before me is not as pleasing as I'd like it to be.
Messy sewing usually comes about because of rushing from one project to the next and not taking time and delight in one lovely piece of handwork at a time, but daydreaming or dwelling too deeply on life's concerns may also be a culprit.
My mind sometimes wanders when I have needle and thread employed in the beauty of bringing a plain piece of linen to life with colour and design, then when my thoughts pass and my eyes focus on the stitches before me it's obvious this lapse of attentiveness will now result in some unpicking and re-sewing.
And isn't that like life?
We can get so caught up in the rush that we forget to really 'look' at what and who is in front of us.
We let the worries and concerns of life rob our peace of mind and the result when we finally stop to examine our lives is a mess of neglect.
We spend so much time yearning and day dreaming about what we want that we miss enjoying and tending what we already have.
We dwell on wrongs others have done and find that an ugly knot has formed on the tapestry of our life and the picture we're creating lacks the beauty we'd hoped for.
Is there anything in your life right now that needs unpicking?
Take the time to do it.
Re-stitching and mending with your whole heart reaps a blessed reward.
I know this because it's been one of my most valuable life lessons.
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