Crochet Ruminations – The Start Of A New Thing
There are times when I have a series of thoughts and mini-conversations running through my head. And when those “attacks” come, I don’t always have time to explore them. But I’ll go ahead and draft the musings up in preparation for a deeper blog post to savor later when better time and exploration can be dedicated to them.
And sometimes they do turn into much more and get published. And sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they never evolve and really are just shorter capsules of ideas in the moment – tasty tidbits of ponderings and half-eaten conversations that honestly don’t have anything more to do, or become, right now.
In looking over my list of possible blog posts, I’ve realized that sometimes one of those posts is only supposed to be just a few “deep thoughts.” Just some occurrences of ideas to fling out there for consideration and/or discuss amongst peers, if anyone wants to engage. And that’s just that.
So in that spirit, instead of saving a zillion drafts every time something crosses my brain (my list of drafts is getting too long to manage!), I’m launching a series on my blog simply tagged Crochet Ruminations.
With that intro, here’s the latest….
The New Frontier…
Technology has brought us to the beginning of a new frontier in the world and we’re the pioneers laying the groundwork for what is to come, for ourselves and for future generations. History is literally being made.
How this new frontier works for crochet is being driven by the people actively in it. People like us, anyone who is willing to move to uncharted territory and figure it out.
The same is happening in other fields too. The internet is the “new land” to settle. There’s no reason why anyone who has the will can’t figure it out and benefit.
The thing I find extremely important to register in our heads though, as Laurie points out (a.k.a. Fearless Leader from the Crochet Liberation Front), it takes working with others, not shouldering the responsibilities of the world alone, or shoving everyone else out of the way. That is not to invalidate the need for personal hard work and responsibility. However, it is said that successful business people know at heart what school doesn’t teach us. That life is not a closed book test, that we don’t succeed by cutting others off, that the only way to succeed is to do it with the help of others. And that often a sign of a successful person is one who continues to train and learn and someone who recognizes and values the expertise of others.
We walk a fine balance of working hard on our own, but also benefiting from the help and insight from others. Whether we hire them, or we accept help from a friend. Trying to go it completely alone, making sure everyone knows we did it by ourselves and without help, does not work outside the classroom. It is not a place of balance, nor a sign of success (and neither is the opposite). In reality, no one expects you to perform alone in adulthood – only on standardized tests. And those who believe they do not need advice, training or learning, who only boast on “did it myself” laurels, surely exhibit signs of impending implosion.
Coaching, master minds, discussions, hiring experts, studying, training, practicing, learning new tools and technologies, comparing notes with peers, understanding that old ways don’t always work today and that some old things never lose their effectiveness and sometimes what works for someone else is not right for you – all these things are important. Settling the West was not born on the shoulders of one person. In fact, to try to do such, was almost certain death. People had to come together with their varying talents and work ethics to form the foundation for something great.
In thinking about this, what things do you see as it affects the crochet world that we should be mindful of?