Quilters are creative, gentle, sharing people. War and hostility goes counter
to their goals and personality. However, our world's topsy-turvy, almost surreal
events have affected everyone. As Walter Shapiro of USA Today said in a recent
editorial, "All we can do is anxiously watch television." The scenes we are
bombarded with cannot help but cause us to worry about our troops, our own children
and our nationís security. What can we do to avoid the anxiety that surely will
accompany the events that we can't control? We can quilt.
On my car radio, a psychiatrist had some good advice to
try to moderate some of the anxiety we feel. First, he advised to do something
creative. Quilting, designing a quilt, embroidering or piecing a bedcover are
soothing, creative activities. What better way to occupy your mind than to plan
your next quilt?
Second, volunteer. Your local school would love a program
on quilting. I gave a fifteen-minute talk to second graders in a Fort Bend, Texas,
school library. The kids used glue sticks, poster boards, and brightly colored
paper shapes to make "quilt" blocks. These still hang in the school. The Red
Cross always needs blood--you can donate. Your local U. S. O. is run completely
on donation-the troops need morale boosting. Call and see if you can volunteer
there. Take your quilting-it's a good icebreaker and you can quilt while you
listen to others' problems.
The doctor advised, "Know the facts, but donít stay glued
to the television because it repeats information over and over, creating stress."
I listen to books on tape, away from the TV. Avoid media "hype." Try to read
some newspapers and listen to radio reports instead of always watching the
television-graphic scenes can be upsetting.
If you feel anxious, don't be alone. Your local quilt guild
may have a small quilting bee-be sure to attend. Socializing will distract you
and you'll feel productive if you volunteer to baste or quilt the guild's raffle
Find a spiritual outlet. Doctors attest that prayer does
change things and can even alter disease. Prayer and meditation makes you more
tranquil and centered. If you usually quilt in front of the television, take
some breaks away from the TV and try quilting in silence or while listening to
Though everyone handles trauma in different ways, quilters
have special gifts to get through tough times. Quilting can help you get through
the latest crises in America's history.
©2003 Hallye Bone