Long Obedience in the Same Direction

I imagine most people who start something do so to meet a need they witness. They have an idea or an opportunity for a solution to a problem in their own life — or in the lives of others — so they begin to work. It’s not glamorous and it’s uncertain what the finish line looks like or if there is one at all.

That was us 10 years ago when we set out on this journey known as Krochet Kids intl. We established a plan to provide meaningful work to women in Northern Uganda as a means for them to take back control of their futures. To put them back in the driver’s seat of their lives.

The above video is a snapshot of what that first day of crochet training was all about.

A decade later we find ourselves overfull with gratitude, with the same spirit of optimism, and perhaps carrying even more questions than when we first started. We have realized the hard-to-swallow truth that anyone realizes as they pour themselves into meaningful work. That is to say, our goal is not to attain some unattainable or fleeting idea of mastery, but to commit yourself to a consistent process of improvement and to walk with long obedience in the same direction.

The patient result becomes one you could not have imagined or planned for in the beginning and it is very good.

Written by Kohl Crecelius
Kohl Crecelius is the CEO and Co-founder of the non-profit apparel brand Krochet Kids intl. He is passionate about helping others realize the role they can play in changing the world using the skills and gifts they have.