‘Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.’  Buddha

Remember those skies dappled with white rows of fleecy, fluffy clouds like the markings on a mackerel’s back?  They’re Mackerel Skies.  Our lives have become so jam-packed with meetings and appointments and deadlines and pressure – it’s time to take a step back, take a deep breath and remember childhood cloud-watching those captivating Mackerel Skies.

What on earth has this to do with stitching or embroidery, you may well ask?  Well, a lot really.  Memories are powerful.  Those memories of watching clouds drift across a magnificent sky stay with us for a lifetime.  The work we do creates memories, and while we’re making those memories, we’re in our very own, real-world utopia – our ideal place.  Sometimes, I think it’s pure and simple, self-love.

‘The quieter you become, the more you can hear.’   Ram Dass

Images are memories frozen in time.  Isn’t our work just the same?  Here’s a captured moment too.  It’s a great pleasure to look back over work, to remember the journey, its inception, and its completion. – plus all the angst in between.  But, more importantly, certainly to me, is the sense of up-lifting anticipation and pleasure beginning something new, a new memory.  I remember the energy and dynamism – the bounce in my step.

‘It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.’  Lena Horne

So, while I encourage and promote planning and looking ahead, to attain our dreams and outcomes, I believe it’s essential to also factor into our daily lives a time to breathe, be quiet and be in-the-moment – to not think beyond the intake, exhalation, and rhythm of each breath.  De-stress, regenerate and reinvigorate our minds as we are born again each day.

‘What a smashing way to begin each day, and hopefully put that bounce back into anyone’s step.’

Next week…

cathy jack coupland