Mastering Your Craft
As a child we have dreams of the future, and what life will be like when we grow up. Here on the last day of 2011, historically it has been a day of reflection of life’s events throughout the year. Whether it be your personal milestones or business failures & successes. The saying is out with the old and in with the new.
For me, I have to be careful with the term out with the old. I’m not a child anymore. Yet, I still wonder and wish for what “will be” when I grow up. Have I mastered my craft in life? When will I feel grown up?
We are taught to have a plan with goals. The best plans and goals are written and measurable. Think of this as a pattern for a quilt. You must determine the best plan and pattern. Analyze the materials and the tools you will need to accomplish the goal.
You will have to compare for textures and colors that are visually pleasing and what will work best for the big picture, the finished product. You may question your selections. You study and prepare. Then the true commitment to the plan begins with the first cut of the fabrics you have selected.
Once you are on the road of life, you may make wrong turns and have to regroup. Success is NOT a gift. It is earned with hard work and learning from daily experiences.
The truth lies in mastering your craft. Your craft does evolve, with new methods, new techniques, and we must be attentive to it’s changes. Whatever your profession, is it your passion? If it is, then you are on the right road. Your passion and profession is your craft.
You should piece together the fabrics of your life that provide you with comfort, a warm heart and well being. With hard work, passion, and a relentless drive, success will come.
Happy New Year 2012
** This Batik Quilt is a beautiful hand-made Christmas gift I received from my best friend, my sister Lisa.