The Third (or fourth, or fifth) Time is the Charm

I don’t know whether you have heard of Julie Morgenstern, an organizing expert. The other day, I ran across this post about staying determined on her blog. I have been practicing determination these last few weeks, but like most of us, I don’t always stay determined when I need to. It was with some interest that I read this post, especially the sections quoted below. 

Seek inspiration in the arts. Go to museums and study the work of great artists. Read up on their backgrounds and listen to the audio tour. Artists are some of the most extraordinary role models of determination, driven by vision that seems impossible to squelch. Did you know that Auguste Rodin (the famous French sculptor) had several works that were commissioned, then rejected? In fact, his piece “The Gates of Hell” was commissioned by the French government only to be canceled before it was complete. But Rodin was so personally invested in solving this artistic challenge that he kept working on it. For 24 more years. Many of his most recognized sculptures — including “The Thinker” and “The Kiss” — were all part of the “The Gates of Hell.” Read biographies of people who interest you. Listen to music, go see plays, read novels that will inspire you. Travel. Observe the many ways others approach the world so that you can picture possibilities beyond your immediate point of reference.

Practice makes perfect. Pick an activity known to demand determination (like golf, knitting or crossword puzzles) and go at it. Practicing your ability to conquer with something small will give you greater perseverance when you’re dealing with bigger challenges in life. The good news is, this exercise can actually add some fun to your life. A few years ago, while going through a major business transition, I decided to take gymnastics as a way of building my powers of determination. I attended sessions about once a week for 18 months and can now do a one-armed cartwheel, backflips on the trampoline and front handsprings on the mat. What I discovered is that gymnastics is as much — in fact more — a mental exercise as it is a physical one. It requires constantly working against my preconceptions about what is possible. Gymnastics requires that you shift your center of gravity. This takes intense concentration and, yes, courage. And I am always amazed when I am able to do it. The carryover effects of my gymnastics lessons into my professional and personal life have been tremendous. When faced with a difficult task or significant challenge in either arena that I think at first will be impossible, I now stop and think, Well, why not? If I can do a one-armed cartwheel, why can’t I do this?

Well, I am not going to try gymnastics, but I did play the DVD for the Mirrix again last night, and, FINALLY! it is making sense to me.

Below are the pictures of the loom on its easel.Easel Easel_profile







Today I wove one a small section using 2 strands of 8/2 mercerized cotton within a larger section of wool. Usually I use 2 strands of 2-ply Crown Colony wool from Henry’s Attic in my weaving, but the sett for what I’m doing now is 6 epi, so only one strand is being used. I really want to try some new yarns with the Mirrix, so will later even try some shiny rayon.

Now if you haven’t already seen this, take a look. Kind of goes along with determination…

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