Home base, so many stars. During my walk this morning, wrapping my mind around the concept that at core level, we get stuck. Perhaps getting there is so gradual, don’t even notice. It feels good and comfortable like a favorite pair of boots. But pretty soon, they wear out. Or grow out of them as a kid. Point being you start noticing your life; where you are, what you’re doing, how you think, what are priorities. Some of that is worn out, doesn’t fit any more. This morning it occurred to me that I’m scared of putting down those old pair of “boots”, getting another pair on and breaking them in. It can be uncomfortable during this time, BUT THE TIME HAS COME. New boots can be a different style, color, with walking heels or riding heels. The process of realizing certain aspects of your life are worn out, don’t fit, aren’t serving your needs (once you pull your head out of your ass to figure what your priorities/needs) might be, can be unsettling. It’s time to put on new pair. That new pair isn’t going to tell you WHERE to walk, but HOW. You’re sure as spit will walk better, feet don’t get wet from all the cracks in them, whatever. You keeping deciding where (base beliefs and values) to walk and your new boots (how you walk) help you get there. This morning looking up at the Milky Way reminded me once again that there is much more “out there” than what is under my feet at the moment or my home that I see up the driveway in the dark. Home base will always be home base but there are so many stars. I need to explore new ways of expressing what I believe and values that I have. In new ways. I’ll be uncomfortable maybe. But the time has come for a new style. A new how.
Does arriving at “having enough money” satisfy that longing? Or like Steve Jobs shared, “being the richest man in the graveyard”. Peace. Where can I find it? Or is it something we create along the way where money has much less to do with it?
Looking inside. What do you see? Feel? Are proud of? Turn away from? Maybe when I focus on others, their perceived shortcomings, whatever is a pain in my ass, it’s a heads up that I’m turning away from where the real issues are. It seems mercy disappears towards others. Stopping. Shutting up the voice in your head. Looking inside. That’s where the real issues and work to be done is.
Have a problem? Ask yourself, “So, what’s the problem in one word?” What did you learn? http://ow.ly/i/qCnNn
Words have some much power, for good but can also slowly destroy a precious life.
Words have meaning, and they possess the power to change the world. They can inspire us to do amazing things, or to commit the most horrible acts. It’s up to everyone to understand they are responsible for wielding that awesome power. Because words cut the deepest, and yet leave no marks, they can truly be the most devastating form of abuse.
PhotographerRichard Johnson, who has himself suffered from the worst kind of verbal abuse, created a series of photos to illustrate their incredibly harmful effect. These images, created for theWeapon of Choice Project, are important because they remind us that the terms we throw out in moments of anger or frustration can be just as damaging as physical abuse.
CAUTION!: The photos below feature victims and strong terms of emotional, sexual and verbal abuse.
We presented each participant in the Weapon of Choice project with a list of hurtful words, and…
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Fantastic quote on creativity:
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” ― Pablo Picasso.
For creative children, artistic talent is more of a reflex than a skill.
While techniques must be taught, there’s something to be said for kids who can create pieces that far surpass the muddled finger paintings of their peers without any formal training.
In a stunning display of nature and nurture, parents of artistic kids are often pretty creative themselves, and they always want to help their little ones turn innate tendencies into impressive talents.
This mom takes a unique approach to that kind of mentorship. While looking at her daughter’s paintings one day, Ruth Oosterman came up with an incredible way to help little Eve harness her creative abilities. The result is a testament to amazing art and extraordinary parenting.
Oosterman, an accomplished artist herself, was understandably thrilled when she realized that Eve was born with a creative soul, too. When Eve started experimenting with art, the two of…
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