The albatross around my neck is exactly where it was when we last met. I’ve been feeling poorly. I have a headache (is it a migraine? Is it stress? Is it lack of sleep?Is it a brain tumor?) and don’t feel like knitting, or doing anything else really.
I don’t really feel like my vest project is an albatross. It’s just my perspective today. I’ve been thinking a lot about perspective lately. We all have our own unique view of things. One of the greatest lessons I learned as a child that I don’t think is talked about much anymore is putting yourself into someone else’s shoes. I can remember witnessing a fight on the playground during recess. The dispute is unimportant what matters was the teacher pointing out that each of us standing there has a different view of the exact same event. It isn’t until we look at that event from the other side do we have full understanding of the situation. In order to do this we have to take the time to really listen to what the other person has to say and they must listen to us. Both yelling at the same time does nothing.
I don’t like to talk about politics on the front page here but it is related to the story. One time a friend and I were discussing our political beliefs. It was a few presidential elections ago. We believed we firmly sat on opposite sides of the fence since we planned to vote for opposing candidates but after a few minutes on each of the big talking points we discovered that our political beliefs were firmly aligned but because of our perspective and the political climate we lived in we had aligned with different parties. By seeing where the other was coming from we both gained knowledge and expanded our beliefs.
So I’m changing my perspective. I love this vest. The pattern is clever. Instead of feeling the weight of having to be done by 8/31 I shall relish the time I get to knit it. Honestly this is one pattern that I would be happy to cast on again right after I bind this one off. How’s that for a change of perspective?