Variations on a Theme

As a teacher of Chinese calligraphy, an art form that is difficult to master, I like to remind my students that it is better to write one or two characters well than fill pages with flawed characters.

As a master of flaws,  I had to learn from my own mistakes.  I am more humble now and   pace one step at a time rather than take great leaps.  I can no longer afford the falls.

I find knitting to be therapeutic and a great teacher.  I no longer attempt complicated projects.  As Sunzi, the greatest Chinese strategist assert, victory is assured when you know yourself and know your opponent.  Now I stay with the simplest of stitches and when I yearn for variety, I simply repeat the same theme with a different yarn, or rearrange basic stitches to create new patterns with the same yarn.  Sometimes I insert a few lines of contrast if the theme begins to bore.




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16 Responses to Variations on a Theme

  1. Sunshine Jansen says:

    I love “master of flaws” — I’m with you in that rarified atmosphere! :)

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  2. Laurie Graves says:

    One of the blessing of aging, at least for me, is rejecting the notion that every single thing I do has to be perfect. How exhausting that attitude is. This is not to say that I purposefully set out to be amateurish, but that’s the way it is when I learn something new. And for some things, I believe, good enough is good enough ;) I would be proud to wear either the hat or the neck warmer.

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  3. Jan Schaper says:

    I love the golden/yellow/brown with the blue stripes, Mary! And your approach is so wise.

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  4. gaiainaction says:

    Looks like lovely work, and very sensible reasoning’s dear Mary.

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  5. taphian says:

    great progress you made, Mary

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