Opening night.

I have had so many successes and failures in my life that the line between them is becoming blurred. I firmly believe now that the only true failure is “not having a go” I have had many “goes” that ended with spectacular failure but others that were amazingly successful.  An interesting aspect of spectacular failure is that if it happens enough and you are still here to talk about it, the human ability of adaptation  ( a process by which a continued presence of a certain stimulus causes the receptors to become less sensitive to that particular stimulus.) kicks in and it feels a bit like “didn’t work, try something else” rather than “it’s the end of civilization as I know it! OMG.”

I started gentlestiches with the attitude that the worst thing that could happen would be that I would learn something. So does this mean my “Mending is better than ending” class that started last week was a failure? Actually I am happy to report it was amazingly successful!

Opening night wouldn’t be opening night with out flowers given by encouraging,wonderful , friends. Irises. Thank you Thi. : )




As I entered the room I had hired from Jika Jika, I couldn’t help noticing there were little flowers about that looked a lot like the gentlestitches logo. Do you believe in signs?


My particular view of the world insists first days are marked.  So all attendees were given show bags gentlestitches style. What was in these bags you might ask? Well below are a  few items but if you want to know what else is in them, you will have to come to the next  lot of classes.

We got a lot covered and an opportunity to do some hands on exercises and made some good things to take home.
I am not a huge fan of having my photo taken but was pleased with this one because I didn’t know it was being taken. LOLWe talked about the butterfly effect and how we can make a big difference to our lives by employing small consistent changes. We discussed how the best brand name  has recycled on it somewhere and how sharing may be the new selfish if we intend to survive as a species.After all this serious hard work it was time for a sumptuous supper.

All that thinking and talking built up an appetite!



                                       More next time.


Author: gentlestitches

the future is in our hands.

14 thoughts on “Opening night.”

  1. Maybe the jumping box got it from the First people? You are absolutely right about the universe being pretty amusing sometimes. I also like that “Be brave, keep calm and watch for signs”
    Thank you for posting it. : )


  2. One of my all-time favourite sayings is “Be brave, stay calm, watch for signs.” It’s so encouraging – I just shake my head every time I think of it.

    (And the funny thing is that a Canadian friend told me it was an old First People’s saying but when I checked with Prof Google she told me that it came from a Canadian comedy TV show! The universe can be pretty amusing sometimes.)


  3. As one of the class members on opening night I can confirm that it was indeed a great success and a relaxing evening of interesting, informative and soul-warming discussion. My gentle stitches show bag was full of treasure. And oh, those rock cakes…

    I’m with you on success and failure too, Sharon. Although I know some people find it overly negative, personally I love George Bernard Shaw’s observation – “When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.” Somehow it lets me get past some of my worries about the possibility of failing and helps me to feel cheerful and lighthearted about trying lots and lots of things!


  4. The pictures were so pretty I had to click and read. I like what you say about success and failure, totally agree. By now I’ve failed so much that I’m doubly eager for success and this time, won’t sabotage myself. I like the show bags, what a good idea.
    Good luck with the rest of the classes and lovely photo indeed 😀


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