Following the instructions from a free online pattern (http://www.homemade-holiday-gifts.com/felted-slippers.html ) I cut the sweater into soles and tops, sew them together using a blanket stitch. The ribbing from the bottom of the sweater becomes the cuffs at the tops of the slippers. Though they won’t be prize-worthy at any County Fair, they make me smile.
The group decides to veer from the course outline, and spend the remainder of this morning, plus the two weeks that are left working on a quilt. The finished blanket will be donated to raise funds for a school-lunch program.
I am all thumbs at quilting. I have tried but it is not one of my skills. I do not enjoy quilting.
I believe in compassion and charity and have contributed my work life to causes that help others.
I say no to this one and to the remainder of the course. There are others for whom this quilting project is a thrill. I leave the project to them and sigh in relief.
Saying no is not easy for me.
Doing work because I cannot say no or because I feel guilt is stupid. I don’t need to accept every project or charity that comes to me.
If I take care of myself, I have energy for the volunteer work I can do, for the tasks and people I love…because I can switch off the “yes machine.”
Finding balance in my life means letting go, means saying, “No thanks” when the fit isn’t right.