Spearing the Pearl

“The world is my oyster” means the world is yours to enjoy. Happiness is at your fingertips. Such a positive statement. Or is it?

Yes, there might be a pearl inside but an oyster is hard to open. Even Pistol from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (who coined the phrase), was ready to use his sword to steal his fortune (get to the pearl).

Well, we can’t steal happiness.

An oyster is hard to open.

I suppose we could fork out the $50+ bucks for an oyster machine on Amazon. But that would be like having our joy handed to us on a silver platter at the cost of no effort.

An oyster is hard to open.

To start with, you have to have the right too kind of knives and a durable, cut resistant glove. Metaphorically, you need to have power and a thick skin.

Do we agree that opening our oyster to find the pearl is not an easy task?

But aren’t the best-reached goals the ones reached with grit and determination?

Although some of the oysters I managed to open over the years had no treasure inside, I still managed to collect many pearls. I hope you have, too. And probably like me, some were harder to obtain than others. Were they worth the effort?

Let’s toast to our pearls, past, present and future.

You know those times …

… when you think you’ve learned all you’re capable of learning, and then, something wonderful happens?

Today, me, the non-sewer, finished my granddaughter’s dress. The seams are wonky, it’s a little too big (falls off the shoulder), the back hem is longer than the front ….

Since it was in sewing language, I must have watched the tutorial fifty times. But I did it! The next one will be FLAWED TO a new level of PERFECTION! 🙂

You want to learn something new? If I can, so can you. Onward you go!

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