Walking the streets of a sidewalk art show this past weekend, I was called over to a table by a woman with a pair of scissors in her hand.
Grace (not her real name) cuts up mailing labels and makes mosaics of birds, buildings, landscapes – anything you can think of. I confess to initial skepticism of the creations, but the more I looked at her work, the more I liked it. Grace was able to take something we see as ordinary – mailing labels – and recycle them into an interesting work of art.
Mosaic As Metaphor
Mosaic struck me as a metaphor for my work.
- Working with women who don’t see the beauty of who they are in their present form.
- Women who want to change and remake themselves.
- Women who already have all the “makings” to be an outstanding piece of work.
- Women who are capable of unique creativity.
- Women who need to start honoring themselves.
Scientific research suggests that the earth’s resources are being depleted too quickly to sustain a healthy balanced environment. To slow down the depletion of our resources we need to recycle.
My anecdotal research suggests that many women’s individual resources are also being depleted too quickly:
- by negative self talk
- by taking care of others more than they take care of themselves
- by suppressing who they are
- by being and doing what others tell them and resenting it
- by not speaking up for themselves
It becomes increasingly difficult for women who are depleting themselves to maintain a balance of health and well-being.
“Recycling is reusing materials in original or changed forms rather than discarding them as wastes. In reusing material or changing material into new materials rather than throwing it away the environment as well as we benefit from it.”
Recycling yourself, all of yourself, is crucial to your environment; to your family’s environment; and to the world. There is not a part of yourself that should be wasted. If you’re skeptical about this, think of Grace’s “ordinary” mailing labels. Rather than being wasted, they were transformed into a work of art, a thing of beauty.
Your Call To Action – Part 1
Reflect on ways you can transform how you think and feel about yourself. Look at yourself from different perspectives. Consider every part of you, not just the parts you may be unhappy with. What parts of yourself are you wasting? Sit with yourself and listen for your heart’s song of wisdom, a song you may not have heard in a long time.
Seeing With Fresh Eyes
As is my blogging way, I click away from my writing so I can come back and see it with fresh eyes. While I was gone, I found a beautiful post Lessons From A Tulip Magnolia that fit with the message of this post. I want to share a quote from it.
“[The tulip magnolia] and I lived in the same neighborhood for nineteen years before I noticed her. I walked past her and noted “tree on the corner” but I didn’t take the time to really see her. Once I opened my eyes and really looked at her, all I could see was her beauty down to the most minute detail because I took out my journal and sketched her. I spent time with her so that I could get to know her intimately: her quirks, her nuances, her unique form.”
How long have you lived with yourself and not taken the time to see who you really are?
Have you noticed your intricate detail, your unique nuances, your interesting quirks?
Your Call To Action – Part 2
Take all the pieces of yourself that you notice and recycle your thoughts about yourself into a mosaic. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Your mosaic will be colorful, interesting and extremely valuable because it’s one of a kind.
picture from IMA – Institute of Mosaic Art