Using what lies in front of you

Picture of Agave cactus

My parents and their parents were children of the Depression. They saved string, wore hand-me-down clothes, and ate left-overs–ALL of them! A favorite expression was “Making Do.”

Native American families before the age of supermarkets and department stores did the same thing. In this picture you’ll see, on the right, a healthy agave cactus. Vivid green, with sharp spines at the end of the stalks.

But on the left, you’ll see something even more important. Notice those beautiful fibers that remain when the plant dies? They can be used to make sandals, weave baskets, line baby cradles. Making do.

Because of our routines,
we sometimes forget that life is a
an ongoing adventure.
~Maya Angelou~


  • Infinite Living Posted September 28, 2018 12:21 am

    This is good information and the quote is so true.

  • Priscilla Bettis Posted September 27, 2018 9:37 am

    I didn’t know about the agave fibers. Good quote . . . I try to be observant when I’m out and about, and it helps my routine days feel less routine.

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