When my husband was in Tennessee and I would go visit him we stayed at one of those extended stay hotels companies use.
There was a maintenance man there called John who was just lovely. I used to chat to him on my way to and from my walks.
One of his expressions, he used this a lot, was "don't get in a rush now". This made particular sense when it was hot, but I think he said it year around.
This has stayed with me because it struck me as such an unusual way to look at things.
Me being far more north than a Yankee and of a world where "I am so busy" and "have so much to do" are what everyone says to each other instead of hello.
I thought of John last night when I opened up a new shirt pattern with 12 pieces and I thought, that's such a lot of work I am going to be busy.
But then I thought.
Barbara you have already enough clothes in your closet for four people. You are not going to be standing by naked waiting for this shirt to be made before you step out of the house.
I can take my time with this, all 12 pieces, and the world is going to proceed just fine.
I have been thinking a lot lately about what I need to do next in my life, doing more teaching of sewing is one thing, but it has occurred to me that one of the first things I need to do on a personal level, right now, is re-evaluate my relationship with time.
I'm thinking that if you are not in such a rush you have actually have more time.
Ponder that one with me.
More time maybe to chat with folks and have conversations they will remember.
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon