Have you ever spent time with a group of people and after the gathering had ended you thought to yourself, "I really needed that"? I have often found myself just smiling and being in a generally good mood for hours afterwards. Those moments may have been few and far in between recently, but you know the feeling. This past year we've had to find new ways to socialize and achieve that sense of community, and I would suggest that we might be better for it. If it weren't for the pandemic, there are groups of people that I would have never met, and that includes my friends at Yarn Geek Boutique.
Every Saturday, Holly hosts a stitch together on Zoom and if you haven't tried a virtual crafting group, consider this your formal invitation to ours. The Yarn Geek Boutique Facebook Group is also a great place to connect with other crafty people. Who knows, you might make some friends you didn't know you needed.
After our stitch together this past Saturday, I definitely had an "I needed that" moment which gave me an idea for some mindful knitting that we can all practice. I encourage you to take some time for yourself this week to sit quietly with your craft and your thoughts. Then, start to focus your thoughts on your friends. Think about childhood friends, best friends, virtual friends and crafting friends. Think about how these people make you happy and any wonderful memories that you cherish. Maybe you are currently working on a project for a friend, so that is a perfect opportunity to focus your thoughts on them as you work. Finally (and this last part is very important) I encourage you to say this simple affirmation out loud, even if it is just a whisper. "I am a worthy friend to have."
I realized that we may not be aware of all the times we were the reason someone felt really good after a meet up with friends, so this week I want all of us to recognize how valuable we are to the people in our lives. You are a worthy friend to have, and I hope this simple thought will bring you joy as you work through your craft this week.