Thursday, April 6, 2017

Endeavoring for EXCELLENCE

In knitting as in all other endeavors, I always try to do the best job I can. There's no point in doing a thing if you're not going to give it your best effort. But sometimes we push past the pursuit of excellence and pine for perfection. It's then that we often lose the joy of the project, which was the whole point of the undertaking in the first place.

To combat that loss, I've given myself freedom to be human and make mistakes in my knitting. I forgive myself for errors that have crept into my work despite my best efforts to keep them out. I do try to make things right if at all possible. If the mistake isn't too many rows back, I force myself to undo what I've done and do it correctly the second time around. And there are other considerations; if the project is a gift, I'm more likely to correct mistakes than if it's for my own use only. But mostly I use my “joy meter” as my guide. Since I'm knitting for fun, I ask myself whether the nagging presence of the error will bother me more than going back and fixing it will...and then I act accordingly. And I live with whatever decision I make.

Life is a lot like a giant piece of knitting. We go along day to day, doing the best that we can, knowing that we're bound to make mistakes along the way. Thankfully God gives us more grace than we frequently extend to ourselves! How much more we would enjoy our earthly stay if we would learn to correct what errors we can, apologizing to those affected along the way, forgive ourselves for things we simply cannot change, and strive to live, love, (and knit!) better each and every day!

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might...”
(Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV)

1 comment:

  1. It is so easy to get caught up in pursuit of perfection. It is important to find a good balance. WeekendsInMaine


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