20th August 2021

Can we be honest with you?

There are weeks the words we write for an issue of All Stitched Up! come easier than others. There are times we read or experience something, have an aha! moment and instantly know just what to write about. Then, there are other weeks where the words seem much harder to come by, and this just happens to be one of those weeks!

But as they say, every cloud has a silver lining.

The silver lining in our writer’s block was that we spent some time reading through our most recent Welcomes, then after clearing our Inbox, a common, and quite timely, theme became apparent – patience.

In All Stitched Up! issue #291 we unpacked the idea of 15 Minutes and how progress is often made up from small things done on repeat. After talking about joy in ASU #292, we closed the newsletter with a quote from Ingrid Fetell Lee that spoke about how small moments of joy add up over time. In ASU #293 we spoke about possibilities and how, although we’ve always been taught that practice makes perfect, maybe practice simply makes possible.

We talked about the ritual of Brahma Muhurta in ASU #294, unpacking the idea that in order to support our creativity, we need to set aside small amounts of time away from the hustle and bustle of life. Last week’s All Stitched Up! then walked us through the idea that whilst creativity can be learnt, it’s a process that requires practise, discipline and time.

It was then the words in an email from David Hieatt that brought the whole theme together. He acknowledged that whilst we are all hard-wired to chase the quick wins in life, there are no shortcuts to get from where we are to where we want to be, but rather daily practices that will lead us to the results we’re chasing.

And that’s when our aha! moment finally came.

Without realising it, we’d been unpacking daily practices or ‘longcuts’ that would get us to where we want to be. Now, however, we’d been reminded that in order to achieve all we’ve set before us, we have to battle impatience and remember it’s the tortoise not the hare who wins the race. David closed his email by encouraging us to chase the slow, beautiful wins as they will inevitably lead us to where we truly want to be.

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