“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver
I love this quote. It’s such a simple, beautiful question, and it captures so many things in one sentence. Stop. Think. Dream. Consider. Then – and this is the bit I usually miss out – do.
So, I’ve taken this very profound question and applied it to something perhaps a little less profound: my sewing stash.
Bear with me.In April, I found this lovely little bird in a charity shop. I had a cunning plan to make something, but for 2 months I was too afraid to use it. Afraid of ruining it. So it stayed hidden away, brought out occasionally for me to stare at, and think, dream, consider. But yesterday I took the bird out of its hiding and took a pair of scissors to it.
I chose some pink and green fabric to go with it, and cut out the inside of a small doily… …then hand stitched it all together to make a brooch. My cunning plan.I am, to put it Britishly (I don’t really know any other way), chuffed. It looks better than all my imagined versions, and it feels nice knowing the little bird won’t be hidden away any more, waiting to be used.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Stop. Think. Dream. Consider. Then do.
I’m still learning.