29 June 2010
let it be enough
Don't look at your current situation as a hindrance to living the way you want, because living the way you want has nothing to do with how much land you have or how much you can afford to spend on a new house. It has to do with the way you choose to live every day and how content you are with what you have. If a few things on your plate every season come from the work of your own hands, you are creating food for your body, and that is enough. If that hat on your head was knitted with your own hands, you're providing warmth from a string and that's enough. If you rode your bike to work, trained your dog to pack, or just baked a loaf of bread, let it be enough."
-Jenna Woginrich, Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
I'm trying to take this to heart and remember it when I'm feeling most frustrated. Sometimes it's about the tiny steps, ya know? Small windox-box garden, homemade ice cream (yes, you'll learn more about this later) or a simple wedding quilt (patience, friends, patience). I may not have 10 luscious acres or goats or an old pickup truck, but I've got a few things going on.
What tiny (or huge) steps are you taking to reclaim the thoughtful, handmade, homespun life? And if you tell me that you either spin your own wool, weave on a loom or bake bread in a wood-fired oven, then prepare to have a new stalker and/or slightly clingy house guest.