Wisdom of the Ages 374

The greatest lesson I’ve learnt in life is that LIFE GETS MESSY – and we get to keep living it till we die. We want to keep it neat and clean and orderly, but we can’t always do that. There are just too many “balls” for us to juggle effectively in life, and when we (or someone close to us) drop(s) one or two, the best way to cope with the mess is not to get frustrated, but just to pick up and go on from there. We always get a chance to start over from where we are — that’s a beautiful truth about life. I think that’s one of the big reasons why we’re here: to learn how to solve problems gracefully. To me, quilting is a metaphor for life — you make your plans, but they don’t work out here or there, so you have to recalculate and adapt. And no matter what happens, things do work out in the end. One of my favorite sayings is: “Everything is always ok in the end. If it’s not, then it’s not the end.” Life is about hoping and persevering through the messes.

Contributed by Annie Fischer