The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Say something nice

Well, by now you know that just days apart, my aunt passed away, my friend passed away and I have been at the hospital day and night for at least a week now. 

It's funny how things happen and what effects us (or doesn't). In the emergency room, a patient laying on a stretcher sat up and complimented my hair cut as I walked by. I laughed and told her she must be in the ER for bad eye sight. We shared a few words and laughs, I said thanks and kept going. It was getting pretty harried in my room and I really needed to be there. Doctors in and out, nurses furiously doing what they had to, everyone trying to assess the situation and put together a plan of action... But, that exchange it put a little pep in my step during a very intense day and night. I didn't leave the hospital that night till after midnight.

Then the next day the parking lot attendant made a friendly comment, then the next day a hospital secretary and so on each day. Every time, those kinds words helped get me to the next phase of the day.. so I guess the moral of the story is, no matter what we are going through, just take a second to smile or say a kind word to someone. Even though they look like their day is going great, it may not be. Your kindness can have a huge impact that you may never even know about... but do it anyway. It will put a little pep in your step, too. . .

Thank you to all of you who posted comments or contacted me directly with kinds words and prayers. It means a lot and is greatly appreciated....


  1. This post is a great reminder to be openly nice more often. :)

    I was at an orthopedics office this morning getting a check up on my (no longer) broken ankle, and there was an older gentleman in a wheelchair with a cast on his leg rolling around from patient to patient in the waiting room asking them how they got injured, and how long they have been in a cast. I showed him my scars, and we swapped stories. I was so charmed by him, he was my favorite part of my day. Most people don't interact in the waiting room, but I was so glad that he did!

  2. That' exactly what I mean Tricia. I hope you pay it is such a reward.