There are several definitions of this term, only one of which is the typical one you would recall. That would be when you would need to make some kind of clothing repair, and you would need to thread your needle in order to get started.
Wiki Answers also has two other definitions that have come to be acceptable definitions of the term as well. The first is: “to find a path through two opposing views” and the second is when a “pilot uses improved navigation to fly to a precise spot and drop a limited number of bombs.”
With all three of these definitions, I think of doing something that is difficult. Why would that be, you ask? Well, I had to literally do that a little while ago when I was sewing a button back on my favorite pair of shorts. The sewing part is not the difficult part of the task. No, the difficult part of the task is actually threading the needle. When I was in my 20s, threading a needle was not a big deal. I could see where the thread needed to go, and my hands guided it to the hole. I was able to get it through the hole and start on the sewing task. Now, that I’m older though, the vision is not what it used to be, and it takes me longer to thread the needle. I’ve done it successfully twice now since I started sewing again which is good, and it is a task I know I can do. It just takes me longer.
What does that have to do with writing? Writing can be a difficult task too. Finding just the right word to put in the right place and making sure the spelling and the grammar are correct is monumental in and of itself. Does that mean we stop, we quit trying to figure out how to communicate with one another through the written word? No, just because something is difficult doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. For me, when a difficult task is accomplished, it just makes it all the sweeter when someone says I have done it well.
So, here’s to threading the needle for all of our difficult tasks today.
Have a great day!