It wasn't too long ago that I received these thank you notes in the mail. They weren't anything purchased from a store. They were precious, simple, hand made notes that were worthy of my bulletin board to stand as a reminder of why I love what I do.
All three kids wove their very first basket, all uniquely beautiful. My business is not just about how many baskets I can sell in my online shop. My business is really about bringing traditional skills to the forefront, building relationships within my community and helping others find the joy of lifelong learning.
I remember my own first basket. It wasn't perfect. It was perfectly imperfect. But I did it and that's what makes these first time experiences so neat! People walk away, knowing they made it by hand much in the same way people of the past made things by hand.
When I demonstrate, so many people tell me, "I could never have the patience for that." or "That just looks too complicated." We all have different skills and abilities. There are some things I may never try.
But patience doesn't magically appear. It's built step by step as we try new things, make mistakes, self evaluate and have another go at it. It's character that we develop over time.
In my opinion complicated doesn't always equal impossible. sometimes we just need to start. Often times we have to find those who can help. In doing so we meet new people, build relationships, and gain new opportunities.
These kids ventured out into new territory. They took the initiative to learn. In doing so, they gave so much back to me. They gave me a deeper appreciation for those who have helped me along the way. They helped me examine how I can become a better instructor. Together we wove new skills that we all can carry into the future. No matter if you are teacher or student, find a way to share precious learning opportunities. You'll enjoy wonderful rewards.