CAN you teach an old dog new tricks?

That’s been the question of the moment…over and over…this past week. Gertie and I have been getting to know each other. We’ve generally had a very good relationship, with the exception of the day she crashed because she needed an update. Let me just take a moment to shout out to the tech guys at Innova. They are AMAZING! ¬†Anyway, Gertie¬†runs smoothly, and her tension? Oh my gosh, it has been so easy to find and keep a beautiful stitch.

Software, though, has been a different story. It’s actually kind of amusing to me. There was a time, oh so many years ago, when I worked in the Computer Services department at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. The world wide web was just getting started, and I was writing information sheets, and giving seminars, on how to use this amazing new technology. So what happened? I knew the software of my old machine quite well, but Gertie’s software is beastly! In a good way, mind you, but it’s a lot different the software I was using. Gertie is more powerful, and while her software is more elegant, it’s different than what I’m used to. There has been A LOT for me to learn. Still, the process is exciting, and it makes me feel good to conquer new skills.

So I guess the answer is “yes”. You can teach this old dog new tricks. No, I probably don’t master things as fast as I did when I was twenty, but so what? The important part is the desire to learn something new, and see where your knowledge takes you. What new tricks do YOU want to learn? I challenge you to take a step, maybe out of your comfort zone, and try. Let me know what happens.