When I teach, I frequently give the class a mantra for the day.
My hope is that a particular mantra will keep them focused on what I really want them to learn in the class.
In my machine quilting classes, students often get hung up on the fact that they really just aren’t that good the first time they sit down at their machines to stitch. They compare their work to my work and decide they just can’t possibly ever be good at machine quilting.
My students’ reasoning leaves out the truth of matter which is that I have spent THOUSANDS of hours quilting on both my domestic and my long arm quilting machine. What stands between them and good quilting is practice.
So the mantra for that class is often PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
Another good one for students is START WHERE YOU ARE.
Where they ARE is at hour number one behind the machine.
And finally I like BEGIN AGAIN. Which is really just practice, practice, practice said with a zen attitude.
I decided to give myself five mantras for 2013. They are what I want to be this year.
I am going to try and
What are you going to be this year?