I like making Mala necklaces. I call myself a hobby designer. My first Mala I made about a year ago at a workshop led by Satya Jewelery. When you do Mala you need 108 beads and 108 knots. I missed one knot. I discovered it too late when my necklace was almost done. I did not think much of it, because I was happy with what I did. I was proud. But believe or not, that was the first thing people mentioned when I wore it. Not the finished product, not the beautiful stones and its colours, but the missing knot.
It's interesting how people can focus on what's not working instead of the beautiful whole. You become what you think, consciously or subconciously. If I want, I can focus on the miserable missing knot, or see it as a lesson that I needed to learn.
I have fourteen beads on my life's necklace. The knots between them are not the same. In some places the knots disappear into the beads because the thread was too thin. Sometimes I also had to make several knots. But I'm learning. I learn to live everyday. I learn to make the knots better and better each year.
My life's necklace is not perfect. But do I want my focus on what is not perfect? Or do I want to make a new knot with awareness, presence, fascination and creativity?
That's what I'm thinking of on a Sunday afternoon. Not only because I can, but because I choose to do it.