Posts Tagged ‘mistakes’

There are times in my life that even after 43 years of knitting, I get it wrong. The problem is not the getting it wrong, it is what am I going to do about it. Do I stash it in a bag in the closet, hide it in a drawer. Finish it and pretend it does not matter, yet never wear it because it stands out like a sign post reading “You Made A Mistake”! Or the tried and true method of unravel it and start over.

Mistake 2 Problem with Hand Painted Yarn

The Modular Sweater above is an example of not remembering that “Hand Painted” yarn really has no dye lot and that when knitting with it you should alternate rows or in this case diamonds. Why did I keep going once I saw the difference? Good question, the only answer is I made a mistake. Pure and simple, now what, hide the thing and pretend it didn’t happen or start over. Well that is a good question for life as well. Can we admit a mistake, can we deal with the necessary steps to correct it, or hide it away and never let it see the light of day?

I prefer the start over, is it a pain yes it is. Does it scream of the wasted time of having done it wrong in the first place, yes it does. Fixing things always takes time. Making things right is not easy or fun for that matter.  But in the long run, it is worth it.

Not all of life’s mistakes can be pulled out and redone, but where they can be healed it is best to do the work of healing. Leaving mistakes and pretending they don’t matter never solves them, they just usually raise their ugly heads at the most inconvenient times and cause more pain.  It is never easy to say I was wrong, I am sorry or please forgive me. Those words have such power to heal and yet we fight against them so strongly. Why? Is it the delusion that we can do no wrong? The same old “blame game”, “if you hadn’t then I wouldn’t have”. Whatever it is it is destructive and poisons our lives. It is as old as Genesis 3, Adam blamed God…The woman you gave me…Eve blamed the serpent. What would it have been if Adam had said, I blew it, Eve said, I blew it, please forgive us? Ah but no,  hide the mistakes behind fig leaves and struggle on in our own misery.

It is not the beginning again that is hard it is the deciding to do so. Sometimes what is hard is the process of unraveling, or facing up to the need to set things right. Beginning again is easy once you step out and just do what is needed, unravel the sweater, apologize, forgive and enjoy getting it right.

2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.


















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