Lesson Remembered

A while back I posted the revelation that I dislike the learning curve. What I meant by that is that I dislike the process of learning how to do something. There are some things that I do, like planning and organizing, that come naturally. I didn’t have have to “learn” to do them. Those activities come easily to me.
Now, I freely admit I have no artistic abilities whatsoever. I can’t draw, I can’t paint. I can’t sing. Some very kind ladies once tried to teach me to sew so that I could make my own garb. At the end of that day two very talented costumers were both heard to order me to step away from the sewing machine and not to come within thirty yards of it ever again. Normally this lack of artistic skill doesn’t bother me.
Well, that’s not totally true. What would be totally true is this; normally the lack of artistic skill doesn’t bother me enough to make me actually take the time to learn an artistic skill. The lack of skill doesn’t bother me enough to actually sit down and practice something, to learn something. Normally, that second statement is true. Well, it was true until I got intrigued by the cool chains I saw being given to the Gleann Abhann army a couple of years ago at Gulf Wars. They were cool, and I found I wanted to learn how to make them.
In the last couple of years I’ve been playing with wire. I learned how to make three or four different chain patterns. It wasn’t easy, for me anyway, but it was the first thing that was even vaguely artistic that I kept working on for more than a couple of hours. I found I enjoyed the process of making the rings, cutting the rings, opening them, and finally assembling them into a chain that could be used for a necklace or a bracelet. It’s a great way to focus the mind. Focus on one activity that is rather repetitive, and as you get more comfortable with it you will find that while your hands are busy, your mind is busy working on whatever may be troubling it.
Recently I’ve been trying to learn a couple of new techniques, and that is what caused the most recent comment about the learning curve. I still haven’t mastered them, but despite the other statement, I find I’m enjoying seeing the improvement in my practice pieces. I just wish the skill increases would come faster. I guess what I really need to learn, or remember, is that it’s the journey that is important, not the destination. That is is true about so many things in life.