What follows arrived in my inbox this morning from Sarah Resnick, owner of Gist Yarns. She suggests, more eloquently than I could, that we all need to relax and not be quite so frantic, particularly with all the scary health and financial news we hear everyday. I asked Sarah if I could share this here and she graciously agreed.
Sarah here, the owner of Gist. I want to take a pause in our regularly scheduled yarn emails to acknowledge this moment we are living in. Fears about a public health crisis and an unsteady economy can bring on strong feelings of anxiety that can be hard to shake, and I'm sure that some people on this email list have already been touched personally by these issues. We are lucky to have a craft and art that is so soothing - many of us can relate to the calming feeling of running a shuttle back and forth across a warp, steadying our minds.
This morning as I was snuggling in bed with my baby and trying to calm the pit of anxiety in my stomach, I took a deep breath and thought about all of the ways that I am relating to these issues - as a mother, as a daughter, as a granddaughter, and as a small business owner. All of those fears really centered around one thing - acknowledging a lack of control. I can't control how this plays out, who it will impact, when it will feel less scary, and how our business and the livelihoods of our small team will weather a challenging economy. But of course, the feeling of control is always false, and we have all had experiences in our lives where everything changed in a moment.
So I'm choosing to lean into gratitude and trust - gratitude for the health care workers who are risking their own well-being to work to keep the most vulnerable people safe and protected, trust that our communities will come together instead of panic driving us apart. And trust also in this beautiful little business and community that we are building here at Gist - that we will weather this storm right along with the rest of our weaving community, that you will be here for us, and that we will be here for you.
Here are a few things I'm working with: deep breaths, long walks, quiet time with family, and of course, the steadiness of weaving. If you're looking for some new yarn or weaving projects to dive into, we have you covered. But this wasn't an email trying to sell you something. If, like me, you're struggling with some anxiety, here's a gentle reminder to take a breath and remember we are all in this together.