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When I was a kid in elementary school, I would spend hours sitting in a clover patch looking for a four-leaf clover. I’d find a few but let me say my return on investment was fairly slim. But it was not slim Sunday morning a few weeks ago. As I was leaving church service, darting out the less traveled path, down the bottom of the stairs, and then outside to a sunny day. I glanced down to my right to see a small patch of clover nestled among some grass, and before my eyes, ripe for the picking, standing tall, and waiting for me to pick it was bright green four- leaf clover. My eyes popped open wide. Wow! How did I find it that quick? It was as if a magnet drew me right to that specific clover at that exact moment in time as I was passing by on the sidewalk. I will never understand it or know how it happened. I am grateful that I had an eye-witness for “my hole in one” experience. You can call it chance, or luck but in Facebook terminology, I LIKE to think that God loves to surprise us with a sweet little gift of something we’ve been searching for– just when we least expect it.
As a visual artist I am interested in and continue to explore my relationship to the world. I found this installation by Bob Gregson on-line. I hope you find it intriguing. Here is how I sum it up.
We communicate. We look for windows of opportunity. We trust. We drift. We see what we want to see. Our perspectives can change in a moment. We are art by becoming involved in part of the process. We are art.
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“it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”. e.e. cummings
The memory of reading an e.e.cummings poem brings joy to my heart, and his poem “i carry your heart with me” moves me to tears. The first thing I noticed when introduced to an e.e.cummings poem was his style of using lower case letters
and unusual word placement. His poems visually appeared to be a sharp contrast from the other poets enjoyed by the class, and on some level I realized —he’s different. I wish I could say that my life was changed, and I immediately accepted my own differences. Like most young people I fell into wanting to fit in the same shoes as every one else, but not individual enough to walk well in loose-fitting shoes. I believe I connected to his sensitivity in the poems, which leads to recent information I’ve found that I think can make a difference in my life.
I’ve always been aware of my sensitivity. Painfully, reminded many times by parents, teachers, and classmates. Elaine Aron, PhD author of The Highly Sensitivity Person, a book about how sensitivity affects our close relationships brings this to the surface for me. She began researching high sensitivity in 1991 also calling it Sensory-Processing Sensitivity (SPS, the trait’s scientific term). I have a strong connection to this new break through. I find myself feeling more like “yes, this sounds like me”. I’m not crazy –I have a tribe to connect with that will understand these mixed emotions of mine, and relate how crazy it feels. I plan to keep up my own investigation about where this new information will continue to lead me. I encourage you to check out Elaine Aron and her article in Psychology Today available
at newsstands. Here is a peek:
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Are you in the search for happiness? Jump and you may find your joy.
“Jump and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” This is a new quote to me. I am not familiar with the quote or the author Ray Bradbury, but the quote has inspired me. Thanks to Seven Cherubs Blog for sharing it. Naomi Ellis describes how she has overcome her fear of the BIG jump.
To me, the quote is saying “go ahead and make a move–take the leap of faith. While learning how to unfold your wings –you can learn to trust yourself”. I’ve been stuck for awhile—not wanted to jump in to anything new/or to trust myself. Life Coach Andrew Long asks his clients to just stand up and jump. He continues to share words of happiness, and compassion, while asking the child inside jump in to joy. He supports making connections with others, and taking action steps—like jumping, or swinging our arms, which promotes the connection to our body.
Gretchen Rubin,bestselling author of “The Happiness Project” agrees with the jump concept. She encourages us to jump and it will boost our happiness. I‘ve come to realize how important it is for me to jump in, and fall into surrender. When the action steps are taken, a wonderful surprise happens — the ability to learn to trust oneself. Fall and trust that your wings will help you float. I am not completely there yet, but I feel closer to
a positive outcome. Now, that summer time is here— it’s time for me to jump.
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Art happens when you let go and jump.
Sometime I get stuck in a very snug safe place in my own cocoon and I forget …that to grow ….I must keep changing. At this first thought, I quickly pull out my box of quotes that I’ve accumulated over time.
I found this one by Buckminster Fuller “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly”. That quote inspires me to rethink where I am today. Rethink taking a risk. It seems to take me back to hope with the gentle reminder that God’s world is full of promise no matter the circumstances. The struggle is worth the effort as hope spreads its wings to help me fly. As hope and inspiration join together it improves my ability to open my mind to a new way of seeing the world. I trust it will help you.
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. Pablo Picasso
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