Before I get on with future posts, I have something to say. I am not turning this space into a political blog and I probably won’t mention this again here, but I think it needs to be said. I took outfit photos a couple of weeks ago and intended to begin sharing these and others last week, but I’ve been very unhappy and yes, it has to do with our Presidential election here in the US. My devastation is not just political and it’s not only because my candidate lost. It has to do with the state of my country. I see so much division and it saddens me. Whether it was ignorance, indolence, intolerance or indifference — we are a nation divided. As Abraham Lincoln once stated: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I am not hating on Trump supporters. Half of my family voted for Trump for different reasons. I don’t expect the country to come together, sit in a circle and sing kumbaya. I just want to live in a country where all of our citizens are equal and have the right to determine how they are going to live their lives. A country where all of us — regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, education, gender, sexuality or age — can feel safe. I’m certain that that is what the majority of my nation wants and I pray that someday we will experience some semblance of this. That being said, my aim is to act by volunteering for causes I believe in. I’m not going to sit idly by and watch the country that my ancestors fought for for 400 years turn into a place where many of its citizens feel disrespected and unsafe.
I’m also going to continue creating beautiful things and sharing them for the world to see. Continuing to be depressed and unhappy about the state of the country isn’t going to help anyone, especially me. I can do my part. I can be happy. I can make others happy. Sewing and crafting isn’t frivolous. It’s soothing. It’s healing. It can change one’s life and bring others together. Craft can be a bond that unites us. There’s something special about that.
The sewing community is a unique place. We are supportive and inclusive. We cheer for each other and lift each other up when we’re down. No matter where we live around the world, we feel united with the same love for creating things. No, we’re not excruciatingly happy and cheerful 100% of the time, but we don’t shame and berate. We don’t keep our knowledge and skills for ourselves. We’re diverse. We share and help and teach. That’s the epitome of community and I feel blessed and proud to be a part of this place.
Six things we individual Americans can never afford are: Intolerance, indolence, injustice, indifference, intemperance and ingratitude. Whenever any of these enter, they lead to deterioration, defeat and disaster. Any nation given to them inevitably falls. — J. Richard Sneed