Of this particular grouping my favorite is "Yard by yard life is hard, inch by inch it's a cinch" and "Character like embroidery is made stitch by stitch." as a close second. Although "Time wounds all heels" has certainly been relevant more than a few times over the years.
And it all came about because of this serenity prayer that I embraced very early in life. I had it on my wall as a very young woman and it was the very first sampler I stitched in 1963....over a half century ago. It has hung in a prominent position every single place I have lived since. All my life I have had no problem with charging ahead changing things which often ends disastrously.... the hardest thing has always, always, always been accepting the things I cannot change.
During my daughter-in-law's last visit she asked about what has been the guiding forces in my life and there has been just one..... this prayer. It has become a mantra. This sampler will go to my second oldest granddaughter Leigha.
But this first sampler also led to my doing many other samplers but I was very selective. It had to be an adage or proverb that I could really embrace.
Gradually my collection grew until I had several dozen. A few years ago I downsized and gave many away to family and friends and even still I have about 20 hanging in my living room...
The traditional sayings on samplers usually express a common experience such as a short well-known saying containing a wise thought.
The dictionary defines adages/proverbs as brief statements which reflect commonly-held philosophical beliefs in a society. Because an adage has been passed down over time, it serves as a symbol of collected and accepted wisdom. Adages provide us with simple guidelines with which to live.
A good example is a "Stitch in time, save nine" and one on this wall which is "It's nice to be important but more important to be nice."
I just can't imagine not being surrounded by this collection but I'm going to give more away to grandchildren this winter... This one is going to my oldest granddaughter, Madison. I stitched it in 1965 for her great-great grandmother... a strong Danish woman whom I adored. When she passed her daughter gave it back to me to pass down in our family. They are really hard to photograph because the glass reflects everything.
Some time back I stopped stitching new ones but I still occasionally pin one on a wall that speaks to me
and I have even painted them right on the wall..
And even though I find it hard to believe a month has passed and it is time for eye injections again tomorrow... My bedroom is ready and I have books downloaded. These injections definitely fall in the category of things I cannot change and must accept.