My five-year-old granddaughter knows how to pinky swear. While visiting I promised to play with her in "a little while". Looking for a guarantee, she made me seal the deal with a pinky swear. Her mom laughed and said "if you guys don't keep your word, you know your little fingers will fall off!" I wanted to see if my granddaughter was really paying attention, so I replied "Well, you know how old I am and I still have both of my little fingers. What do you think that means?"
My granddaughter stopped, thinking for a few seconds, and replied "Grandma, that means you always do what you say". I replied "I always try to keep my promises!"
Wow -- I had to reflect on her response. For her it was so simple. But personal integrity is not always so easy. Am I always honest and fair? Do I keep to my own set of beliefs and morals despite what others may do? As I venture out creating my business am I keeping my own artistic integrity in my products and keeping honest business practices? Having integrity is supposed to give us completeness -- keeping us in a state of being true and undivided. I hope that's true in my life. I will work really hard to make it that way. I know for sure that I need to keep both of my little fingers attached. I've got a lot more pinky swearing to do!
This has been one long, cold February. Today was a good day for spending time with a steaming cup of coffee, warm, cozy sweater and my bin of wool strips.
As you already know from this website, I make plaited wool rugs. The first step in creating a rug (unless a customer has requested a specific color) is to choose a palette of wool. Colors, patterns, textures. What calls to me today? There is snow on the ground, a bright blue sky and subzero air outside. White and cool, teal blue offset by crisp black. That's it - a rug is born!
You can follow the progress of this rug on The Wistful Grandma's Facebook page as it travels from creation to Etsy in March. Unless someone claims it first - they don't stay around for long!
Valentine's Day is over for another year. All that candy and the pink and red trinkets are on sale. Whatever you received, no matter how much appreciated, won't last forever. But that symbol of a heart might be worth just a bit more thought...
The heart, in the inner core of the body, invisible yet essential for life. Given the characteristics of emotion and the seat of each person's essence according to romantic literature. The heart, found in countless poems, sung in songs, painted on canvas. It's the heart of the matter.
Yet, what do we mean by that? What is the heart of the matter for anyone? It must be the very center of life's sorrows and joys. The absolute reason we keep emotions, negative or positive, causing the past to overshadow the present. To get to the heart of the matter is to face the deepest, most important part of life. And learn.
Music and lyrics can many times capture a subject so well. So it is with the following song. I encourage you to really listen and explore these beautiful lyrics. Get down to the Heart of the Matter.
Always be Wistful