Neon Green Measuring Ribbon

Halfway there. Okay, is that good news (wow, already halfway there…) or discouraging news (ugh, only halfway there…)?  Where we are on the journey is important, but what matters even more is our outlook along the way.

Ribbon measures advancing warp

Measuring ribbon is pinned into place and re-pinned each time warp is advanced.

I like to mark the mid point on my measuring ribbon. The ribbon for this piece measures 72 inches, so I’m halfway at this mark. (As you can see, I’m not into boring white ribbons.) I don’t stop at the mid point, though, it’s just a marker along the way. Is there a good way to measure how far we’ve come in personal growth in our lives?

How am I doing with forgiveness? That may seem an odd ribbon to measure with, but it’s an outlook that can shape the way we live. Forgiveness means being quick to let people have do-overs. Remember when so-and-so wronged you? Forgiveness means you don’t stay in the remembering. You keep going, keep weaving, and stay on track to finish your journey well. Forgiveness is your choice.

May you find clouds disappear as you forgive someone today.

5 Comments

  • Elisabeth Munkvold says:

    Forgiveness…it sounds like a great idea to use forgiveness to measure personal growth, and why not neon green?

    Sometimes, it is impossible not to remember, but I love how you put it: “Forgiveness means you don’t stay in the remembering.”

    It is possible to forgive even if you can never forget. It is possible to forgive even if you can never trust that person again. It is possible to forgive even if you paid a very high price for the wrongdoing. Why then, is it so difficult to choose to forgive oneself? Maybe a neon green ribbon…

  • Elisabeth Munkvold says:

    It certainly tells me that I am far from halfway there. But I will keep going.

    I find it very inspiring and useful how you link the spiritual aspect of life to your weaving journey. It is a wonderful reminder that all facets of life is part of a whole and that the beauty lies in getting them all to shine.

  • Wende says:

    A good reminder for the day….for every day!

  • Bev Romans says:

    Before I reached the part on forgiveness, I liked that you said “what matters even more is our outlook along the way”. I remember as a young mom thinking that I was doing “pretty good” except for my attitude. Then God showed me that attitude (especially the heart attitude) is everything!!! I also really like the way you said “You don’t have to stay in the remembering.”

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