Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Heart for Others

Ok, fine...I just knew it but didn't listen to myself. We are not exercise people in my family, never have been! We are fudge folks...fudge and brownies and ice cream and donuts and puddings....That is what we have always been. My grandmother died at the age of 99 and 7 months with a Bit O' Honey candy bar and a True Detective magazine under her pillow. My mother eats ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner and she is almost 90! So why may I ask, did I listen to conventional wisdom and ride the exercise bike for 10 min...and why did I try harder in my water aerobics class....for now I have reinjured my knee. Just as I was walking better and feeling better...here it goes again. I should have made fudge! I should have listened to my inner voice! So I am irritable. I would like to whine. I cannot concentrate on my WIP's or UFO's or starting something new.

However I like to whine, I was not raised that way. My mother taught me that whenever I am down, to do something for others. Mother's voice is still loud and clear. So I got down my box of already fused scraps from other projects and cut hearts out of them...hearts like in Kindergarten, just folding the scraps and cutting away...also did some leaves and circles that way.

Our Guild requests from members, 7 and 1/2 inch muslin blocks with hearts appliqued anyway you want....to later be put into quilts for sick Guild members. I decided to make some of those today. I ironed them on, did a nice machine blanket stitch in black and signed my name. Then I went to my computer where I have in a Word folder, many sayings that I like. I chose some for these hearts and wrote them on. The sayings I chose for these are:

*"Each day is a new beginning";
*"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didnt learn alot today, at least we learned a little. And, if we didnt learn a little, then at least we didnt get sick, and if we did get sick, at least we didnt die: so let us be thankful" The Buddah;
*" To love ourselves is the beginning of a lifelong romance" Oscar Wilde;
*"Once we choose hope, anything is possible" Christopher Reeve;
*"The richest man whatever his lot, is the one content with whatever he's got!".

I wanted to add my favorite saying, but I didnt since it is really just for me...posted on my desk:

"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." John Andrew Holmes

1 comment:

Beth said...

Thanks, Diane. Your words are exactly the balm I needed just now. See you soon. BTW, the blocks are wonderful!