My sewing machine is pretty fancy. Lots of bells and whistles, which is great, especially when I want to do something fancy. The problem is that sometimes it’s smarter than I am. It seems to have its own opinions and preferences for how things get done. If I do something out of order, I get fancy little icons on its screen, indicating that I cannot proceed in this manner. Sigh.
Sometimes it’s an easy fix: change a setting, switch to a different presser foot, rethread the machine. Other times it’s a total mystery. What did I do wrong this time? This last time, I went through all the potential problems I could think of. I even did the old “turn it off and back on again” trick. I looked at videos. Finally I called my dealer. She walked me through some more trouble shooting measures. Still didn’t work.
After a while, I had to let it go, and attend to other tasks. When I came back to look again, it turned out I had one little thing selected incorrectly. Simple, easy—after a few trials and errors. And then it seemed so obvious.
As complex as life is, it’s especially nice when solutions turn out to be simple. It’s nice to look for the small, simple answers. And, even when it’s not so simple, perhaps there are simple things we can do to help us keep on keeping on. Pausing, breathing, changing our point of view, going for a walk, taking a nap, learning something new.
If you like exploring the simple and not so simple things, perhaps you’d like to join me for coaching or Feldenkrais lessons.
Have all the fun you can!