Sunday, March 28, 2010

Be Forgiving

So how has your week gone?   Mine has been crazy as usual, but throughout the week I have been stitchin on my Be Forgiving block.  I finished it, but this block has really caused me some sleepless nights this week. What exactly does it mean to "forgive."  I have some people in my life that have betrayed me, treated me unfairly - as we all have.  I really don't hold any bitterness against them as I learned long ago that bitterness only makes us miserable, doesn't really do anything to the person that did the "dirty" deed.  I no longer trust these people or want anything to do with them....does that mean I have not forgiven them? I honestly wish them no ill will, but I have no desire to ever associate with them again. Can you ever truely forget the wrong that was done? Can you forgive someone, but still not trust them, be wary of even being around them?  What do you  all think - do you struggle with this too?

On the home front, I have been working on a screen that my father made for me a few years ago.  I never got around to painting it, although I did use it for awhile.  I had put fabric on it, but when a friend needed the fabric for a quilt she was working on, and could not find it anywhere..I just ripped it off and gave it to her, thinking it was time for a change anyway.  This screen will be the perfect "blind" for my laundry room so that when my company is sitting in my dining room they can not see the storage area in my laundry area.  Stay week I hope to have a picture of the finished screen.

Oh..and btw, the table in the background was also made by my Dad.  A lucky girl I am!

Hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you in the blogs!



Jackie said...

It's funny how a quilt block can make one think so much. To me forgiveness is letting go of the bitterness. Forgiveness does not mean that you have to want to associate with that person or trust that person. To me forgiveness is a gift you give yourself....the gift where that situation no longer has control over you.

I'd love to see a close up of the table your father made. What a special piece of furniture!

kjquilts said...

I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. Most of my family has been sick too. We're almost better, just that lingering cough.

Love your screen. Can't wait to see it finished.

Carol said...

OH my...have I ever struggled with that very thing. Time does help.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

On forgiveness: the old adage "forgive and forget" would imply that if we can't forget then we haven't forgiven. I try to move forward and put past betrayals behind me, it's not always easy. But, it's human nature; and, as humans, we are all's the nature of the beast! It's a constant struggle for yours truly.

I need to get out my Be Attitudes blocks again... thanks for the inspiration.

Love, love, love the screen!

Thimbleanna said...

Can't wait to see your screen project! I think you can definitely forgive someone and then not want to have anything to do with them. The two things are unrelated to me!

Suzy said...

Life is too short to hold a grudge. Unfortunately too many people don't realize that until it's too late.

Love the screen. Wonder if it would be strong enough to just drape a different quilt over each rung, rather than put fabric panels in it?

em's scrapbag said...

It is a constant struggle but I agree you have to let go of the bitterness.

Shakerwood said...

I am at the beginning of one of those relationships and have been having an inner struggle with myself (picture the little devil on one shoulder and the little angel on the other)lately. It can also be mentally exhausting.

Leanne said...

I agree with you,life is to short to spend time with people like that. I want to spend time with people who I trust and make me happy. If you wish them no harm then I think you have forgiven them.
Love the screen what a lovely gift from your dad.

Marj said...

I think that you can forgive and then chose not to be around that person anymore.
I like your screen and will be watching to see how it turns out.

Becky said...

We can forgive and forget, but we don't have to set ourselves up for injury again. Your block looks great. That is a super quilt. The screen and table your father made are real treasures.