The tortoise eventually wins the race, right?

17 Apr

I used to be so productive.

I used to get things done. And quickly.

I used to be the fabled hare, running and pushing and straining.

And then everything changed.

Things move slowly now.

Things don’t get done, at least not right away.

I’ve become the tortoise, plodding, inching my way forward but always moving.

I measure accomplishment in other ways. In the number of hugs and smiles and laughs.

I’ve grown accustomed to my new pace.

But when I start a project, such as the quilt I mentioned ages ago here, I’d still like to finish it.

And I’m working on it. Bit by bit. A little here. A little there.

And before, I would have made an excruciatingly exact and complicated quilt. Now, I don’t let perfect get in the way of good.

This scrap-style quilt is more my speed.

It’s not exact. It’s not perfect. But it’s still beautiful.

And if I remind myself that the tortoise did eventually win that race, then the quilt will get done. But on my own time.

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2 Responses to “The tortoise eventually wins the race, right?”

  1. jbleakly April 17, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I think I’vemad 100’s of quilts…I

  2. jbleakly April 17, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Oopss! hit the wrong key….I’ve made a bunch of quilts…I quit counting after 200. I decided to never set a deadline to complete a quilt because…when a quilt is done…it’s just done! That’s all there is to it. Half of the pleasure of a quilt is the process of watching it evolve. Not everyone handquilts these days….but I like to do that because a quilt takes on it’s own character as you work on it and handquilting the design, brings out another dimension not visable when you first start. Enjoy working on your quilt. It’s relaxing, satisfying and you’ll love using it when it’s finished. THEN…you start the next one………..

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