Saturday, April 14, 2012
Listing long and short term goals has definitely helped me move forward on my journey to better physical, mental and spiritual health. Recently, I’ve been looking at one particular goal on my list: to make several quilts for Project Linus. And that’s about all I was doing with it for the past several months, just looking at it. However, today I made a positive change in my life. I joined the Orange County, NY/Pike County PA chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus has a two-fold mission: first, its mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Second, to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”
I always had a passion for quilting and enjoyed making “homemade gifts” for special occasions. My “to do list” included making at least one quilt for Project Linus. But the past couple of years slipped by with me wishing I had more time to quilt. My sewing machine collected dust and the bins of fabric remained closed, that is, until today.
I am succeeding at balancing my time to include creativity in my life that brings joy to others and in turn, gives me satisfaction. Yes, it is fun to receive. But how much more fulfilling is it when we give to others who are in need? Making quilts for Project Linus is my personal way to help a child heal from wounds that are tragic. Giving of oneself to help others can be contagious. I witnessed that on a large scale today as I worked with about 40+ women of all ages sharing their talents and displaying the meaning of love.