We all have talents as well as struggles, but I watched something recently that made me realize how minor my current struggles seem to be when it comes to quilting. I’ve never shared a You Tube video with you before, but this one was so inspiring I thought you’d all enjoy it. Thanks to Barb J. for sending it to me.
As I watched the beginning I was inspired by Diane Rose’s sense of humor, positive attitude and perseverance in the face of what appears to be a great handicap, but as the video continued it was obvious that she has a special joy and quilting is a big part of that. Her quilting is not an effort, but a blessing.
My thoughts meandered from her story to some of my friends who create beautiful quilts in spite of a variety of handicaps: arthritis, fibromyalgia, back surgeries and the list goes on. Most of these quilters are not complainers, but rejoicers. Many have a strong faith, which I believe we all need to face life’s challenges, and they use their passion for quilting to take their focus off of their troubles. In so doing they can overcome them, at least for a while. I’ve also noticed that these friends often tend to be involved in quilting for others. Doing for others is such a blessed way to take our minds off of our problems.
After all this deep thinking and reflecting, what I really realized is how blessed I am to have this gift for quilting, the ability to create brings me such joy and the friendship of other quilters is so special. I’m grateful for my blessings as well as my struggles. They are all a part of my journey through this life. One of the reasons we’re here is to encourage each other. Thanks to so many of you for being an encouragement to me!