Intro to Basket Weaving 101

Good evening class, today we will be discussing the pairing technique in which we use two weaves and weave them together. For this lesson you will need a knife, side cutters, round-nose pliers, and a bodkin. Be sure to use osiers in a color you find aesthetically pleasing. This time I will using be two osiers in a gleaming white and dark tan to provide some contrast.

Ok yes, I’m just messing with you. If you’re intrigued by basket weaving feel free to look it up on your own time, but what I really want to talk to you about are metaphorical baskets.

If you’re at all familiar with classic sayings you’ve probably heard the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. We usually hear this being used when talking about things like career paths, that you shouldn’t put all your hopes in dreams into getting into the idea you’ll become a professional basket weaver without some sort of backup plan. Recently, however, I’ve learned that there is something way more universal to this saying and it may be one of the essential keys to a happier life.

For whatever reason, human beings are very prone to putting everything in one basket. You meet that one person, land that one job, or discover that one passion and you pour everything into it. That one thing becomes your life, and while on paper having something you’re so passionate about seems awesome, it causes a problem.

When we pour all ourselves into that one thing, we make that one thing the sole source of our happiness. Our lives become made or destroyed by that one thing, and when we do this, we give up all our power. This is why people become emotional rollercoasters when they fall head over heels for somebody.

The challenging solution to this is you have to take the thing that has been giving you the most happiness and temporarily put it down. Instead of the doing the one thing that makes you extremely happy, you have to invest time into creating multiple sources of happiness. This means hanging with friends, enjoying hobbies, caring for your health, discovering new passions, practicing your spirituality (if you have one), going on adventures, etc.

Instead of that one basket, you want as many baskets of happiness as possible. ¬†Each one will fulfill you and help give you a complete life, and the most powerful part of all, you are no longer at the whim of one thing deciding your happiness. If something goes south with your love interest or your career, you still have so much fulfilling you. So, live life to its fullest, don’t limit yourself.

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