“Do it over”

Those wise words come courtesy of my mother.  When I was a teenager and sewing, my mother would look over a job I had done and tell me – if it was needed – to “do it over.”  She was teaching a valuable lesson.  If something is worth doing, it is worth doing right.  Well, I did many things over at my mother’s behest, and matured into an adult that likes to have things done well!

I remember all this because yesterday I began a sewing project.  It’s the first time I’ve sewed in about thirteen years and I woke up this morning with a start . . . I have to do that over!  I was working off of a pattern I had drafted myself about 25 years ago and for which I wrote down no directions.  At that time I didn’t need any.  Little did I know it would be 25 years before I would use that pattern again and, by this time, I needed some directions in a big way!  I had put something together backwards and I didn’t fully realize it until it came to me in a dream.

So, this morning I am “doing it over.”  Taking everything apart, pulling out every stitch, and doing it over.  If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

Amazing how our character is shaped by every person who enters into our awareness.  Each person brings their own grace to our lives.  Mother’s have a profound effect, and for that I am grateful.

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