Feb 20, 2012
Readers, I've always been intrigued by the apocryphal saying, The way you do anything is the way you everything. I don't even remember where I first heard it but it stuck with me.
As I enjoy gaining greater insight into myself -- and others -- I often like to witness how they (or I) do even a minor, everyday activity (making the bed!) and then see if I can extrapolate from the micro (the anything) into the macro (the everything), so to speak.
Since I sew a lot, I like to examine how my sewing habits reflect the way I do other things. Is it true that the way I sew -- to choose one activity -- is the way I approach most tasks and life in general?
I can see that generally, when I'm very excited about something, I am able to give it a great deal of focus, and feel energized by it rather than enervated, regardless of how challenging it is. In short, once I'm in, I'm in all the way.
Problems arise, however, when I'm not in all the way, but find myself on the fence, ambivalent. Then I am easily distracted, discouraged, and tempted to simply walk away. Which I sometimes do. (I blame my mother -- he he.) The way I look at it -- and forgive what may seem like excessive navel-gazing -- is that I am passionate but not extremely disciplined...if one defines discipline as the ability to motivate yourself when the passion isn't quite there. Does that make sense?
The downside of this approach is that passion(s) can come and go and you can rob yourself of the long-term payoff that usually comes with commitment. (Though the payoff may not come in the form you originally expected.)
In conclusion, do I sew the way I live? I think so, yes. I'm enthusiastic about a lot of things but not necessarily in for the long haul. I can commit if the circumstances are right, but procrastinate and ultimately lose interest if they aren't.
Friends, how about you? Does the way you approach sewing mirror the way you approach the rest of your life?
Is there something else you're often involved in -- cooking, volunteering, raising children, fixing cars -- where you recognize tendencies that express themselves in everything you do, habits that define the way you approach much of life?
Do you approach sewing the way you approach everything else?
I'd love to hear what you think!