It is a lot like creating a quilt. I am not a quilter, but one of my dearest friends is and so was my Grandmother.
My friend creates beautiful works of art, much like the image below, although this is not one of hers.
My Grandmothers quilts were more practical, being a farm wife who survived the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in North Dakota. Her quilts were born of a need for warmth and a lack of money- recycling at it's finest!
It was like a road map of memories, some squares more worn or faded than others. This did not matter because the quilt represented love, good times and harder times. The quilt gave beauty to the squares that were faded or worn. They took their places proudly next to the brighter, newer squares. They were just as needed to complete the quilt, and therefore- just as beautifully important.
Today, when I saw the image of this beautiful quilt, it made me think how our lives are like a quilt. All of our events stitched together. I have had a really tough few months dealing with some personal things myself. Lest I fall to deeply into my own pity party, a friend needed my help to provide hospice care for her sweetheart - who has now lost his battle with cancer. Little did she know what a gift her request was, she gave me a chance to serve- which helped me. I am at my best when being of service to others, I truly think we all are.
So, it does not matter if today is a bright colorful square in your quilt or a tattered one. Remember, when you stitch them all together with love, gratitude and forgiveness you will create something beautiful and uniquely you.
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