"The tangle is a flashlight that draws our attention to what needs to be sorted and clarified. The tangle is our teacher, our guide and friend."
~Wren Ross (fiber artist who designs and knits gorgeous sweaters, hats, etc.)
I remember the summer my grandmother came to live with us. It was the summer she taught me to knit. As with any new thing, knitting occupied most of my time that summer. Through the heat and humidity, I would sit on the porch and knit – scarves mostly because they were the easiest. Knitting made me feel calm and relaxed – and I was excited when I finished a scarf and was able to give it to some lucky family member.
Every so often, my yarn would tangle, and I would become frustrated. I didn’t have much patience back then, and I suppose I’m not so different today. As I look back now, I realize that the tangles in my yarn were there to teach me a lesson about the tangles in my life – how I get into them and out of them. The tangles weren’t problems; they were opportunities. Why didn’t I take the time to put rubber bands around my yarn and put it in a plastic bag to keep it neat? Probably for the same reason I don’t give myself time for all the different parts of me.
I’m always in a rush. My afternoon walk with the dogs has turned from a few moments of relaxation into a race to see how fast we can walk to the field and home again. I have a list with so many “to do’s” on it that I know I’ll never get to half of them. There’s no time to stop and relax. I only have one life and I’m going to cram in as much as I can. But, this can’t be good if I’m not really experiencing what I’m doing.
If your life is hectic and you’re “doing” but not “experiencing” then take some time to disengage from all those extraneous doings and find a quiet place to just “be”. Use the time as an opportunity to learn more about yourself. What can you learn from the “tangled knot” of your life? How can you use the tangle to your advantage?
~ Weekly Challenge ~
If your life has areas that are like tangled knots, look for the lesson. What caused the tangle? Were you pulled into someone else’s problems? Visualize yourself finding a solution by gently untangling the knot – unraveling the mess one small step at a time.
It IS All In Your Head!