Keep Going

I posted recently on the beauty of starting. The truth is, I’m better at starting than finishing. So often something happens in the middle and I get distracted and go off on a tangent. But this time I’m doing pretty well, not perfectly but pretty well, with my daily knitting. Soon I’ll have a shawl to show for it.

But it wasn’t so easy to get into the routine and this time it had nothing to do with me getting distracted. This time it came in the form of push back from a small gray doggie. My dog, Henry, did not know what to make of the appearance of knitting needles and yarn. What could this fuzzy stuff be that I was cuddling instead of him? (It says something about how neglected my knitting has been that the dog I’ve had for more than two years was stumped by it.) There were varied attempts to bring my attention back to him, most notably repeated bouts of standing on my lap. Standing. It’s a good thing that he’s in the 20 pound range and not 100!

When this happened, I would set the knitting aside and pet the dog. We’d cuddle a bit as I told how handsome he is and what a good boy he is. Then he’d jump down and go about his business. And I’d pick my knitting back up. Now when I pull out my knitting, he might come to sit by my feet but rarely does he feel the need to scale me like a mountain.

I confess that when it comes to responding to resistance, I’m far sweeter to the dog and little kids than to adult humans. They’re supposed to know what’s going on, right? And yet how hard would it be for me to set the knitting or whatever aside for a moment and give them my undivided attention? As long as I pick the knitting back up and keep going, it’s all good. Maybe even better than good because, let’s face it, getting anyone’s undivided attention is divine, isn’t it?

How many times have you been confronted with resistance from those around you when you made a change, however small, in your life? How did you respond?


  1. Julie, I know all too well what you mean about starting and not finishing. Here’s to the good struggle!

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