I was unpacking a large load of Kenana Knitter critters a couple of weeks ago.
For those of you who don't know, One Colour has a sister business, Kenana Down Under, which distributes gorgeous hand knitted animals from the Kenana Knitters in Kenya.
As I was unpacking, sorting and labelling each critter I was listening to music...a U2 song came on.
For those of you who don't know, I have been a U2 tragic for over 30 years and their music has travelled with me through the many different stages and changes of my life.
The song that caught my attention was "Elevation" from their All That You Can't Leave Behind album of 2001. Listening to the lines,
You make me feel like I can fly
So high, elevation
and suddenly I was asking myself "how did I get here?", sorting and counting and labelling over 2000 hand knitted animals. And to be completely honest, it was actually U2 that started me on this journey, back in 2004/05, reading a Bono autobiography "Bono on Bono". He mentions that his wife, Ali Hewson, was about to launch a clothing label EDUN which was founded to support sustainable employment in Africa and with all the thoughts swirling around in my head about extreme poverty and how could I possibly even begin to address this challenge I thought that this could be the opening, or at least it became the wedge I jammed into the crack I was making by bashing my head on the wall, trying to work out what to do.
So now, more than 10 years on I am still forcing the wedge into the crack I've made. Instead of supporting sustainable employment in Africa via fashion, as I thought I would be doing in the main, I am now busting through the crack with soft toys and to a lesser degree, fashion.
I might need to expand on a few of the themes I started in this post, though later, I think.
So as songs go, and as the picture of the clouds (taken just outside our home the other day) prompt, look up, look out, as you never really know where you may end up.