I learned something new the other day, and I’m not ashamed to admit it makes me a bit giddy.
Despite the best efforts of everyone in the house, we couldn’t get our weed eater started, so I ended up calling my go-to guy, my mom’s cousin Elroy. I dropped it off on Thursday afternoon, and the next morning he called saying it was ready to go.
When I picked it up, he said, “Before you leave, let me show you a little trick.”
He picked up an empty weed eater spool and pointed to the center of the spool. “See those little holes?”
I watched as Elroy pulled out a really long length of weed eater line. He stuck one end through one of the holes and pulled it to the middle of the piece of line, then stuck the end back through the other hole and pulled it through, making a little u-shaped thing by the two holes.
He pulled the ends of the two lengths of cord even and began winding both of them around the spool. “That’s how you keep the line from getting all tangled.”
Color me gobsmacked!
All this time I’d been fighting and cussing and angry for nothing!
I came home and made my husband and son watch me wind weed eater line on the spool while I gushed, “Will you LOOK at this!!! Isn’t this amazing!?!”
And that’s the power of learning something new.
I felt strong and smart and capable, and ever since then, I’ve walked around like the Queen of the Yard…or at least the Queen of the Weedeater.
Then I remembered the red-letter day I learned that thread is directional, that it has a nap, just like a cat’s fur. My hand quilting life changed completely. I can thread needles more easily, and the thread doesn’t knot and tangle like it has in the past.
Talk about a game changer!
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve done a particular hobby or task, there’s always something waiting to be discovered out there.
Want to know the best part of learning something new? It absolutely doesn’t have to be a big thing to make a BIG difference in your life.
As all the kids head back to school, make this the time to try something new.
Who knows what you might learn?
Sherri D says
I didn’t learn how to spell vacuum, without a spellchecker, till I was in my late 50’s! I am always learning new things, new tricks, and new hints on how to do things better, easier, healthier, or whatever-ier.
I think it keeps the brain younger and healthier too. Sometimes I learn something new and realize I had learned that years ago and had forgotten it. hahahahaha
Yay you for learning how to wind the weed-whacker. Wanna come do our lawn? It’s in the upper 90’s here in Darkensas still. 🙂