Monday, June 15, 2009
Quilting Bee #13..Lucky Baker's Dozen
So here we are Quilting Bee # 13, a baker’s dozen…I like that. So, in honor of 13 we have a baker’s dozen donuts…. Bavarian cream, glazed, sprinkles, maple dipped & old fashioned. We also have a couple baker’s dozens of delicious chocolate chip cookies; white chips, milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, with nuts and without…yummmmmmm! Of course we have ice cold milk to dip them in or a fine Kona roast if you prefer to dip them in coffee. I don’t know about you but one of the joys of being a grown up…I can dip whenever I want to and I do love to dip my cookies!! So for lucky 13 all diets are null and void. I have racked a delightful quilt today, full of curves and angles. Please pull up a chair and join me. So happy to see you again today!
I have always been awed by people who know from a young age what their purpose is in life. They map out a direct line and follow it. Nothing sways them or redirects them. My sister in law is that way! Julie wanted to be a veterinarian… she couldn’t have been later than a teen when she started in that direction. What is she… a Dr.of Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Julie Sullivan! How cool is that! Some of us wander though. Through several ideas and incarnations of ourselves as we search for who we are and wonder if we have a purpose. I’m one of those wanderers.
When I was younger..well for most of my life I have been steeled by fire…over and over again. About ten years ago I hit my knees and just sobbed and begged and asked…..
“ WHAT?????!!! What am I missing here, why do I keep revolving through the same issues or versions there of??? PLEASE… open my eyes already. I’m tired and weary!”
I was truly tired of hearing; Sarah…you will not be given more than you can handle, trust, look for the reason why……you are being put through these things for a purpose.
“ WHAT PURPOSE??!! I give..please just stop torturing me and let me understand.”
Funny what happens when you surrender, when you quit fighting … you tend to get answers. Here is the one I got, loud and clear…
“Sarah, quit being a victim, life is hard. Start using all of these amazing gifts you have been given!”
I do believe my response was a very humble…
Simple and to the point…there was a direction in my life from an early age. I had to go through all the things I went through to be “ME” the non victim, occasionally gifted person I am today. What does that mean to me and to maybe some of you who have or are in the midst of pain and struggle? What did I learn when I was on my knees…. all the things I had cursed, fought and gnashed my teeth at were my veterinary school!! They are all part and continue to be my education in what is the purpose of my life. Every day I find someone here that I relate to. Why, because I have been in their shoes. Every day here I see all of you reaching out with your degrees in life and touching someone else with caring and empathy. I see your purpose in life! Do you?
I think maybe I have earned my BA, I hope my Masters will be awarded some day. I still stumble into my pity pool now and again – I just get out faster these days. I yearn to reach that amazing place that PhD’s of life reside, the Maya Angelou’s and Gandhi’s and Mother Theresa’s of this world find. Simple honest caring and loving of one another and offering up what their degrees life has given them.
So…what is your degree in life? Has life offered you things that make you a better ear to Moms with children with issues or supporter of someone in the midst of cancer? Are you the one who offers a shoulder to a single Mom in distress? What reaches into your heart and squeezes?? What brings tears to your eyes? What calls out to you to reach out & touch someone else? I’m guessing those are the things that your degree is built on. My question to myself this week, maybe to you also is… are we using our degrees? Is there someone in your life that is using their degree to comfort or support you? Please, if you would like, share with us about your degree in life.
Ok…. I’m going to indulge in a white chocolate, no nuts thank you chocolate chip cookie with a bit of ice cold milk and I’m gonna dip! Please join me!! Nothing like dipping cookies to make you feel like a kid again!! Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!!