Reflections on a Vocational Happenstance
"Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical." - Thomas Jefferson
When selling my knitting at markets and fairs, I ask each browser by, regardless of age or gender, the same question: "Do you knit?"
Nearly everyone then stops to talk for a moment. The knitters are happy to share stories of satisfaction or frustration. The non-knitters almost always have a warm remembrance of someone who does or did. Many say they have tried and can't; others that they have always wanted to learn.
When I say that I don't charge for knitting lessons, and furthermore that I will travel to give them, the browsers look at me as if they're trying to figure out what's the catch. But there's not one. I simply know that knitting is good for you and want to share what I know.
How is it good for you? Let me count the ways:
1. It gives one a sense of pride in accomplishment.
2. It has the same benefits as meditation.
3. It alleviates symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
4. It helps improve motor functions.
5. It slows cognitive decline.
6. It helps prevent arthritis and tendinitis.
Personally, if it was good enough for Eleanor, it's good enough for me.