I have been listening to the audio book, Highest Duty, by Chesley Sullenburger. It has been a good reminder for me of the importance of striving to always do your best no matter the situation. It is very easy to become complacent and do a half way job in life, in work, in relationships or in many other ways.
I have always thought of myself as always trying to go the extra mile. But I also know there are many times that I don't.
There are big things that some times catch us and cause us to come to a rude awakening or sometimes it's the little things that will gnaw at you until you do something about it..
I had been making a baby quilt and realized that I had sewn a whole row, plus a couple of other blocks into the quilt backwards. It didn't look bad. It kind of went with the pattern. Most people didn't see it when I showed them. It would probably be OK to send that little quilt out into the world with a slightly askewed design. In the whole scheme of life, what did it matter? I really didn't want to rip the blocks out and fix it. I had too many other things to do. I even went so far as to baste the whole quilt together and get ready to quilt it. I guess I was in denial.
I had time today to start quilting it, but when I picked it up to work on it, I just couldn't do it. I knew it wasn't right.
I got the seam ripper and did what I needed to do. It probably only took me about 45 minutes to make the corrections. I feel so much better. I know it's right now.
I may be only using this little quilt as an example, but I can sure apply it to all the areas of my life. Striving to do my best, going the extra mile, making corrections along the way, and knowing that each day I have the ability to reach for higher goals is important to me.
The baby quilt is re-basted, marked and ready to be quilted. Now when I send it out into the world to snuggle with a little one, it will convey only my good work.
Until Next Time-Kyle