If at First You Don’t Succeed, Why Try Again?

Some of my weaving projects have been flops. Those pieces are tucked in a box, never to see the light of day. Putting my weaving progress out there on this blog feels uncomfortable. Here I am, calling these white threads curtains in advance, but it could turn out to be a big oops! — like bath mat material, or sandpaper (don’t ask Steve about the bath towels). I won’t be able to hide this in a box; because you, my dear friends, are watching me!

Loom threaded for Swedish lace curtains

Ends are threaded through the heddles in an arrangement that produces Swedish lace.

Every time I start a new blog post I face mild panic. What if I don’t have anything to say this time? And what if I can’t discover a new weaving metaphor? Yikes, it’s all so public!

Try, try again. It is possible to exert sweat and tears, but have nothing to show for it in the end. We’d rather not let anyone know. But the creator who sees us does notice, and never calls it failure. Surprisingly, he tells us to go farther out, take a bigger risk, be brave.

Go ahead, try again, he says.

If you say so,…  Okay, I will.

May you embrace the courage to try again, and find success waiting for you!

Willing to try,
Karen

2 Comments

  • Elisabeth Munkvold says:

    Maybe one day you don’t have something to say or don’t see how your weaving experience can be linked to your spiritual process. Wouldn’t you still enjoy the solitude of weaving and the rhythm of every beat? Wouldn’t you still be in a spiritual process?

    Even if we are watching your process, it doesn’t mean you have to be perfect or succeed at everything you do. It is still valuable! The most important thing is that you weave.

    I very much appreciate that you let us be part of your process. Even if you don’t have anything to say or post just one picture…never feel you have to share everything. To me it has value just knowing that you weave with such joy and passion.

    • Karen says:

      Elisabeth, I’m very touched by your kindness. I know in my mind that I don’t have to be perfect, but it is reassuring to hear someone else say it. When I fall down, my friends will support me, not gasp at my mistakes. That’s nice to be reminded of that. One of these days I will just post a picture and let that be enough. 🙂

      It does make me happy to think that others can enjoy the weaving process with me– because I do enjoy it very much!

      Big hug!

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