Monday, July 21, 2014

Be Kind: Crocheting...Writing...Teaching

  Happy Monday All!! I do hope your weekend was fantastic.

  Today, as I sift through my Facebook feed, emails and reflect on my own personal interactions, I am called to action to help remind us to be kind to others. Being kind is not a new concept. But for some it may be a new action or reaction. It may also be the first time a person truly feels they have had a kind interaction with someone.

 While we all work hard in our individual sectors of the craft world; whether it be writing, teaching, learning or creating; we should all keep focused on being kind to one another. Remember where we came from. After all everyone begins at the Starting Line.

  Some of us are good at writing patterns, where as some of us are good at reading them. Some of us are great at knitting and some are just as great at crocheting. Some of us not so much. Then there are those who are just starting out, or are just starting to get the hang of things. And at some point we have all had questions whether we are masters of the arts or not.

  These questions can range from the "simple and understandable" to the" seriously??" But we have all been there, right? Even people who have been crocheting, tatting, sewing, knitting, etc. for many years have had a question about a project at some point. And no matter how experienced one is, there may be a time when even the most proficient artisan gets stumped.

  They will inevitably have to ask "that" question. That question that seems so trivial and a waste of time to even answer. But I want to remind you that no question is a waste of time to answer. No question is worthy of frustration or should incite the feeling that the person asking is ignorant.

  Each question is a door opening a connection. A connection that turns the one being asked into a teacher and the one asking into a student. A connection that, given your response, will bring that person back for more or send them running for the hills. But all of that aside it is the way you feel and respond that can make all of the difference in the world to the person who has come to you for help. And, in turn, it will make the difference in your life as well.

  So I challenge all of my creative friends to embrace the questions of those who are stumped. Hold them tenderly in your heart and answer them with grace and caring. And don't curse the positive seed of growth you have just planted by following it up in a complaint on a forum. Instead, enjoy the feeling of helping another person and knowing you made the difference in their crafting journey.

  Have a Blessed Day

P.S. The answers to these questions do not always have to come directly from you. You could save a few links to some super helpful tutorials or YouTube Videos as an easy response if you simply don't have the time, or feel that someones question is to "trivial" for a personal response from you. But as I mentioned already, no question is a waste of time to answer.

P.S.S. Do you have any super helpful tips, link or otherwise you know would help your fellow artisans? Feel free to leave them in a comment.

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