Did I Learn Something?

As I sit here contemplating words to describe my thoughts my mind swirls with ideas and plans. The abundance of feats I wish to accomplish and the list of skills in which I wish to excel overflow. Just when I think I have found a good focus, I remember another passion I need to devote my time.

It is March 2021, designated Women’s History Month. I reflect on women past and present that have contributed knowledge and sacrificed time and talent to advance humankind. I wonder where my contributions should be focused.

As I have started my seventh decade (maybe I should say I have passed 60 – somehow this sounds younger!) I shouldn’t spend my time wondering why I didn’t accomplish more, but instead remembering the things I have done well and planning future accomplishments.

I am fortunate to be employed full time and work for a supportive company. I do my job exceedingly well. I have a command of numbers and detail and a grasp for words and language to communicate effectively with customers and vendors to keep internet retail thriving.

But back to the swirl of ideas. I wish also to master my additional efforts. I want to be proud of my attempts and while I am willing to devote time to the labor, I am frustrated by failure, or what I deem as failure. My husband likes to ask “did you learn something?” which sends me into a tizzy and proclaiming I don’t wish to learn anymore, I don’t have time. But as all my diversions are time consuming, it’s still back to the learning drawing board.

So, to connect with the many depictions of the power of positive thinking*:

I will keep sewing.
Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success. – Arianna Huffington

I will keep trying to learn Spanish. Una meta y un gran reto.
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. – Carl Friedrich Gauss

I will keep running.
Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived – Dean Karnazes.

I’ll get back to my rug braiding. I still have wool and my sister has hinted she wants a few for her mountain retreat. My family and many pleased customers already have my timeless treasures. (see my SoundStyle rug tab )
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. – John Keats


I’ll return to writing, diaries and the occasional blog post. I am not sure if these are for me or for others, but when completed they make me feel I’ve contributed to history, with a positive force. I also enjoy reading other posts that inspire me. I was reminded recently by Anita that “It’s never too late to be who you want to be”
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. – Ray Bradbury

Most importantly, I will continue to aspire to be a good example for my family and encourage all of them to continue learning and reaching – as they encourage me to do the same.
Persistence makes all the difference. – Matt Mayberry

*quotes are often attributed to more than one source. I have referenced what I believe to be the original but apologize if it is not the first author.

4 comments

  1. It’s inspiring that you have so many ideas to try out, Cynthia! I hope you get to all the items in your list. I’m touched that my art journal spread connected with you. It’s always a wonder just how many aspects that we come across in our lives affect us in tiny (or huge) ways.

  2. […] Sometimes with great satisfaction; sometimes with great dismay. From the beginning with planning and preparation, to the end with a fail or a triumph. Triumphs are preferred, but in the fails there are lessons. (I think there is a quote from Thomas Edison here … Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Or more simply my husband would ask “did you learning something?”) […]

  3. […] Sometimes with great satisfaction; sometimes with great dismay. From the beginning with planning and preparation, to the end with a fail or a triumph. Triumphs are preferred, but in the fails there are lessons. (I think there is a quote from Thomas Edison here … Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Or more simply my husband would ask “did you learning something?”)  […]

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