Monday, July 18, 2011

Just keep swimming

One of my favorite movie lines is from Finding Nemo, when Dory says "Just keep swimming"  I think I like it because it's true for life, too.  If you aren't where you want to be, then just keep on swimming and eventually you'll be someplace new. 
I often forget this when I create things, like sewing or knitting.  I LOVE having finished but having to finish is not my favorite.  I can get the energy going to get started and take out the majority of the work and then stall when it comes to completing the task.  I tell my self it takes a lot of effort and time and that I don't have that type of energy.  For instance, last summer, I started a sundress for Hannah.  I hit a snag and because summer was over, I just let it sit until I had more patience.  The longer it sat, the more I was certain that I was not going to be able to complete it.  The project became more difficult in my mind to the point that I was almost certain that I was no longer something I could do, even though I was positive I could as I worked on it.  I finally got some help and then completed the dress, it turned out to be too big and I was again certain that I was not going to be able to salvage the dress.  I ended up taking out the section that had caused so much trouble at the end of last summer and sewed the dress with just one seam.  Miraculously, the thing fit, even now it's still a little big, but I am amazed at how much pain and heartache I caused for myself because I stopped swimming. 
Because I didn't continue to move on with the project, it grew into something that it would not end up being.  I ended up having to adapt in areas that I feared.  What could I have done if I had finished that project and moved on to the next thing in my stall out pile?  What have I been sitting on for so long that I need to finish?  I think it's time for me to keep on swimming through my stall out pile so that I can have things accomplished and see where my swimming can take me.


There are nine projects in my old stall out list, so far four have been completed and one has been abandoned.  Time to get to work on the four that are still in the To Do pile!

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