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Chapter 10. The Flexibility Hand > SUCCESS CARD 49: Communicate

SUCCESS CARD 49: Communicate

Women in pioneer America got together for quilting bees. Farm life was often hard, and quilting helped connect them. They gathered around a large wooden frame and all worked on a single quilt. They often quilted outdoors when daylight was plentiful during the long summer days. You can imagine that they laughed about their children or worried about their families' crops as they quilted, sitting on a variety of mismatched farm chairs. This was their network—their bridge to each other. A quilting bee was their telephone—their communication connection.

Today, especially in times of change, it's important to communicate with other people as much as you can. Arrange your own form of a quilting bee, even if it's just coffee or drinks at the local pub. Like the traditional bees, it could also be a hobby-based gathering. Scrapbooking is one popular way for women to get together to talk and create, often with their children. Men and women can also connect during a sport, such as golf or a softball league. Take time to reunite with people you haven't seen in a while, such as high school friends. When you compare your feelings with others in your own age range, you'll typically find some common ground that will help you feel more at ease. Retreats are popular for many reasons; the main one is that they inspire relaxed communication. You can plan your own retreat by asking friends to contribute to room rental and food at a local low-cost hotel.


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