May 2000 When the forest service set our town on fire
I noticed the other day that it was the International Woman’s Day. Then I found out that March was National Woman’s History Month. One site had a list of quotations for each day of the month. For March I could choose quotes on the weather or mistakes. I didn’t think much of that pairing. My mother was a pioneer in her own way, in the thirties, for women’s rights. My daughter, in this century, is still fighting for many of the same rights as her grandmothers did.
In some countries in this world, it is considered a mistake to give women many rights. Even in this country some consider us property or chattel. A book I am reading this week with a Genealogical theme mentioned that in the 1800’s women’s names were not indexed in marriage records because wives were considered property
A Woman’s organization that I belong to is also celebrating its 175th anniversary this March. We are taught that we are creations of God and that He loves us.
I remember one quote from long ago that I always enjoyed.
Roughly it said that I am a creation of God, and God does not make mistakes.
So, looking back at my quotes:
Mistakes are a fact of life It is the response to error that counts.
To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
--William A. Ward
Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
--John Churton Collins
and hanging on my studio wall is a sign I found in and antique shop in Wisconsin
which says, “We don’t make mistakes. We do variations”
Did you know that if you take a traditional quilt block and make a slight variation (or mistake) you can give it another name and it becomes a new block. If you change a recipe in a couple of ways, you can claim it as your own invention
(Rocket scientists didn’t quit when the first rockets blew up at ignition. They kept at it for ten years and put a man on the moon. In the mean time they created materials we use in everyday life.
I had a totally unsatisfactory day the other day and wrote in my journal that I had
Another failed day. I need to make an attitude adjustment. Humm Today I had another opportunity for growth and learning?
So, if you don’t do something you wanted too because you might make a mistake, get over it and go do it. (cut into that beautiful batik. Paint something on that odd canvas. My husband just brought in a beautiful 10x10” frame that Fedex put into our garage without saying anything. I’m off to use that saved canvas!
Don’t make a mistake. Go fulfill a dream, large or small.