A Splendid Torch

Sometimes when I’m running around like a mad thing trying to figure out how I can fit in all the meetings and catch ups with people, I pause and wonder what the heck I’m doing. I spend hours each week doing volunteer work for various organisations. Why?

This is why…

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw – A Splendid Torch

Do you think this desire to be useful in service is something that is becoming less valued nowadays?

Crafty goals

I’m really rocking a crochet vibe lately. As I mentioned in a recent post, I picked up my knitting needles again recently, and then re-learned crochet – I find it faster and easier to do, and therefore much more satisfying.

I started out with little things just to get into the swing of it – I made two peggy square snuggle rugs, some dish cloths, baby booties, and a hat. Now I’m working on Nana blankets for Arlia, Wyatt and Jaxon.

Arlia is getting this one – in purple rather than pink (pattern here).

Then Wyatt and Jaxon will get this one in a colour of their choosing (pattern here).

Once I’ve finished those, I am keen to tackle some clothing – I’ve picked out this cocoon cardie to make for me and Megan (pattern here). It looks so snugly for winter.

In between, just as a break from the larger project, I want to make more baby things. I have some lovely baby wool that I want to make something with, and am going to make some vests, cardies, hats and booties to give to Pregnancy Help for them to pass on to parents in need.

I reckon that should keep me busy for the winter.