I’ve always been amazed how you can meet a quilter, in just about any part of the world, and typically feel a special friendship form instantly.
This past week I met a woman, who was buying items at JoAnns to help decorate her son’s apartment. She was from the East Coast and didn’t have any coupons. I gave her mine and she gave me a fantastic hug in exchange. My gift of coupons was a simple gesture. Her gift of a heartfelt hug reminded me how friendships can be quickly formed through our love of stitching, but it isn’t the actual stitching that forms the friendships….it is the words of support, kindness, and encouragement that build those friendships.
Sadly, words can also hurt. People say things, maybe without thinking, or without intending to be harmful, but there are words that can be painful. Words have the power to stop creativity from growing. Words can teardown friendships, or stop friendships from building. Too many times I’ve seen talented people shutdown after such words have been said to them, or indirectly spoken about them or their work! And, when this happens others are harmed too!
I have enough of a challenge of not sticking my foot in my mouth, or saying something unintentionally that hurts someone. Yet, while I know I’m not perfect (at anything I do), I also struggle when I get into situations where a group, or a friend, that I care about, becomes caught up in a situation where such negative words do harm.
So, today my dear friends, I simply want to inspire everyone to take time and share kind words with others. You have the power to encourage others to create and find joy! You have the power to inspire others with your words of support and positive feedback.
To all of you that continually send positive words and encouragement my way, Thank you with all my heart. I try hard to pay this forward each day! I do believe we can all use more positive words in our lives, and can benefit by do this to build friendships and groups that help to inspire creativity and fun!
Just as with every stitch, every word can make a difference.
Hugs, many hugs,