Monday, 22 July 2019

Assessing options


Assessing options.

When you want to see how you can contribute to a community, it's a good idea to write a list and assess your options. It's easy to think that you have nothing to offer when you look around and see what everyone else is doing.

Comparison is a killer of ideas, of potential, of self-respect. It is a liar that says, "They're better than you. You have nothing to offer."

We all have something to offer because we each have a combination of skills, experience, and passion that is unique.

So make that list. Assess your options. Go for it.







Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Each day


Taking each day as it comes.

How else can we face life?

You can't live more than one day at a time, so enjoy the moment.






Monday, 15 July 2019

Remains


When I'm dead and gone what will I leave behind apart from bones? How will I have coloured the world?

I've been re-watching Bones recently and there are lots of references to 'remains'. It set me thinking about what will remain of me when I die. It's a question of legacy - what effect have I had on those around me that will last after I'm gone?





Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Peeling


Peeling away the things that don't work.

This background made me think of those walls where posters have been layered on top of each other and then torn off. It has a grungy feel to it which I like. In some ways our lives are a bit like those walls of posters. We try things, adding layers, and then tear them away when they don't work for us. But each tearing away affects the layers below - our history peeks through.







Monday, 8 July 2019

Face practice


Practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, but it certainly makes improvement!

When I look back at some of the faces I produced a couple of years ago, I can see a vast improvement between then and now. I find myself looking at how the light falls on faces when I watch a film, so my observational skills have improved, although there is still a long way to go. I find that I'm not particularly good at catching a likeness, but my faces look more real nowadays.

I shall keep practicing.





Friday, 5 July 2019

Work with the ones you have


Work with the ones you have.

It can be disappointing when you set up any type of event and the turn-out is not what you hoped for. The thing to remember is that you can only work with the ones who turn up. Don't be disappointed - remember that if you make a difference in the life of one person, it's worth it.





Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Cage


Don't let a cage stop you from growing - reach through the bars.

I had no idea where this page was going. A tree grew from the ribcage, there seem to be bridges, the colours are an unusual palette for me. What was going on?

The ribcage is a protective cage for the heart, but sometimes we end up in cages that are restrictive rather than protective. We may have placed ourselves in the cages, or someone else may have trapped us there, but we don't have to allow the cage to stop growth. A cage has bars, but it also has gaps. Indeed, many cages have a lot more gap than bar. I guess it just depends on how you look at things.




Monday, 1 July 2019

Include


How do we include everyone? By loving them.

It takes time. It takes energy. It can be inconvenient.

But if we truly want to include people, to pull them in to the circle, we need to love them.





Thursday, 27 June 2019

Water power


Go with the flow or let the water power you?

The 'wheel' on the left of this page made me think of a water wheel, and there appears to be a mill in the mist behind it, so it set me thinking. A wooden wheel can float along a river, going with the flow, or it can stand perpendicular to the flow and use it to power machinery.

Do you go wherever the river takes you? Or do you stand firm in the water and use the flow to power your life?





Monday, 24 June 2019

Landed


Feeling like I've finally landed.

It always takes a while to settle in to a new place. In some ways we feel like we've been here for ages, but in others it is still very new. For me, I know that I feel like I've landed because I'm ready to paint some walls and add a splash of colour to the place. Also, I've done a successful workshop, so it feels as if I'm finding my feet and carving out my niche.

What makes you know that you've 'landed'?