There is art is putting a thread on to a sewing needle hole. The very idea of doing this, I would argue a dying artistry for many, has had people thinking and re-thinking the process before attempting it. In some households there will be only one member conversant with the process and therefore always called by to come and do it; putting a thread in to the sewing needle hole as one embarks on mending a torn part of a cloth or putting back a break away button.
Do we still have people in the 21st century mending their own cloths? Answering this question depends on where one lives geographically and their own knowledge of the task involvement thus. In the western world, mending a cloth in most cases is more expensive than buying a new one. This makes the art of putting a thread in to a sewing needle hole almost extinct to all except those who choose it as their career.
As children, when we were taught the art of putting a thread in a sewing needle hole, the advice was to close one eye as you do that. Some would think that closing one eye as you attempt to put a thread in a small needle does not make sense as logically both eyes looking would be powerful than one. Nature has its own wonders, call it in economics ‘diseconomy of scales’, one eye is more powerful than two in the task of putting a thread in a sewing needle hole if you are to focus and successfully do it in no time.
The quotes for this week are an extraction from a book which when read in full has the potential to make you realise that we all have a role to play in this world. I am sure that the selected quotations below from this book will enlighten you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:
THE GAME OF LIFE AND HOW TO PLAY IT by Florence Scovel Shinn
“This means that what man images, sooner or later externalizes in his affairs, I know of a man who feared a certain disease. It was a very rare disease and difficult to get, but he pictured it continually and read about it until it manifested in his body, and he died, the victim of distorted imagination. ——— So we see, to play successfully the game of life, we must train the imaging faculty. A person with an imaging faculty trained to image only good, brings into his life ‘every righteous desire of his heart’ – health, wealth, love, friends, perfect self-expression, his higher ideals.”
“A keen observer of life once said, ‘No man can fail, if some one person sees him successful.’ Such is the power of the vision, and many a great man owed his success to a wife, or a sister, or a friend who ‘believed in him’ and held without wavering to the perfect pattern!”
“The children of Israel were told that they could have all the land they could see. This is true of every man. He has only the land within his own mental vision. Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. —– The children of Israel when they reached the ‘Promised Land,’ were afraid to go in, for they said it was filled with giants who made them feel like grasshoppers. ‘And there we saw the giants and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers.’ This is almost every man’s experience. ——- However, one who knows spiritual law, is undisturbed by appearance, and rejoices while he is ‘yet in captivity.’ That is, he holds to his vision and gives thanks that the end is accomplished, he has received.”
“A person knowing the power of the word, becomes very careful of his conversation. He has only to watch the reaction of his words to know that they do ‘not return void.’ through his spoken word, man is continually making laws for himself.”
“…….. There is an old saying that man only dares use his words for three purposes, to heal, bless or prosper.’ What man says of others will be said of him, and what he wishes for another, he is wishing for himself. —– ‘Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.’ —— If a man wishes someone ‘bad luck,’ he is sure to attract bad luck himself. If he wishes to aid someone to success, he is wishing and aiding himself to success.”