Summer Postcard

  

  Dear Blogosphere 

 Just thought I would send you a quick summer note.  As you can see, I am having a great time!  

Don’t worry; I haven’t forgotten you, my friend.  I have some great things planned for us this fall…I can’t wait to tell you! 

Hope you are well.   

See you soon.   Love, SilverLynx  

xo

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My hundred acre wood

Childhood imagination is a wonderful thing, something that we can toss aside as adults as fanciful and even outrageous. 

It is also inspiration – not only for a youngster; but for you, now.  Just for one moment, allow yourself to wander back to that spot in your mind, where all is enchanting:

“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”

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I LOVE Winnie-the-Pooh.   My portal into my wee imagination.  I would gather my stuffed animals and play 100 acre wood, blankets and cushions and chairs all over the living room creating the map above.  Whenever we crossed a bridge over a rushing stream, I wanted to play “pooh sticks”.  I talked continually about Pooh Bear, Piglet and the rest.  My sister-in-law sewed me all the characters.  (I still have them).  I wanted a Pooh Bear birthday party.  I wanted a huge tree door to my room, just like Christopher Robin, so I could be in the 100 acre wood all the time.

Every summer, my family would gather at “the Lake” – a piece of family property with cabins and wildness and of course, a lake.  I transported the world of Pooh to our summer home and created my own hundred acre wood.  I made the “Pooh Trails” and led everyone on an adventure tour of the 100 acre wood. 

 

I found a beaver-chewed stick that looked exactly like Piglet and wanted my grandfather to make it into something special, with agate eyes.  He had never heard of Winne-the-Pooh!  I was in disbelief – how could you NOT know Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl and Tigger!   We had to read him the stories.

Me and Buppo

 

Just for today, go, find your own hundred acre wood; unleash your imagination.  As Pooh says:

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”  

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Don’t feed the trolls

Trolls are fictional characters from Norwegian folklore.  They are most often portrayed as big, ugly, mean, hairy and scary.  

I went to Norway as a teenager on exchange.  During our first few weeks, we had language camp at an agricultural school up on a mountain side.  One of our activities was to hike to a cabin for an overnight stay to experience the Norwegian outdoors.  Our leader, Geir, got to telling us folk tales of trolls and ogres and the like, after which we went for a hike at dusk.  

You are aware of the Billy Goats Gruff, and how the troll under the bridge was going to eat them up?  Well on our hike, we came to a bridge over a stream.  ***Rustle, rustle*** from the undergrowth was all it took for several teenage girls to go screaming down the trail!  

Of course, it was nothing.  

We had fed the trolls…that place in the imagination where ugly, hairy thoughts live. 

In our media savvy world, trolls have taken on a new role, a new definition.  According to Wikipedia , internet trolls are people who post “inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community… with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response” (emphasis mine) 

Trolls, love ’em or hate’em, push our buttons and wrap us up in our emotions, illicting actions that can be irrational and damaging  to ourself or others.  

So, please, don’t feed the trolls.  

Especially the big, hairy one in your mind.  

Troll

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Desparation becomes motivation

You can’t wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club.  ~Jack London 

Tara Gentile asks today:  Are you desperate? 

Not in that clingy, irrational, crazy way.  But in the must do something way.  In the good way that drives you into action, forces you to make decisions and causes you to take risks.  

I am there with the biz…pushing my own envelope, creating and imagining big things.  Taking advantage of learning opportunities that have landed in my lap.  

What does that all mean?  

  • It means exciting creating going on. 
  • It means new website coming soon!
  • It means full steam ahead and damn the torpedos!

It means I have gone after inspiration with a club. 

Jack London would be proud.  

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

The other day, I wrote how being static can be suffocating.  This year, I am finding growth and new directions at every turn.  Life seems to be moving along, lickety-split.  I am learning and trying new things all the time.  Somehow, I am feeling different – more sure, more vibrant, more….me.   While I am not 100% finding this easy, I am willing to go along for the ride. 

More than that, I am driving this bus.

Like a chrysalis, the rapid growth for me has been quite an internal process – behind the mask, the spirit has been working; an internal metamorphosis. 

And now I am ready to burst forth into the light.

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No Static

Static  /ˈstæt.ɪk/ 

Adjective

  1. unable to change
  2. fixed in place
  3. having no motion

Have you ever wished for time to slow down?  Or for things to be “the way they always were”? 

It’s true, we live in an ever-changing world, and sometimes it feels that the pace is about to overtake me.  That I can’t keep up. It is then that I wish for a bit of peace, maybe even for homeostasis  or equilibrium. 

But NEVER do I wish for a static state. 

Because without the ever-changing, ever dynamic world, there is boredom.

Without change, there is no learning.

 Without change, there is no growth.

And then where would we be?

Suffocating…

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Getting rid of the busyness to get down to business

6:10pm:  I just snuck down the least used staircase in my building to check my mail.  Why was I sneaking, you ask? 

Well, I was at the end of a most creative, productive, focused day and it felt really good.  It was finding my stride, going for it and belief in self all rolled into one…great stuff!  Here’s the thing, tho’ – in such a mode / mood, I am very focused – I don’t comb my hair, brush my teeth…well, at least I get dressed…if you call red sweat pants and a not quite white t-shirt “dressed”.  Hey, it works for me. 

Most excellent day, really.  And what I found to be the awesomest?  Something subtle, yet important, shifted in my brain.  Finally, finally, I am getting it…this creative endeavour I have embarked on, this handmade jewellery adventure is my work, my life…not just a part of it…it IS my life

My Passion – creating is my passion; creating fine, unique pieces of wearable art is my passion. 

What I am just beginning to understand is that with this focus on passion, other seemingly important things become extraneous.  That the moment of creating is the only moment that matters; everything else is extra, perhaps even unnecessary. 

Even more, in order to make this life’s work viable, the passion, the focus, the business comes first.  Before the busyness that occupies much of life; the busyness that feels safe, like a life-preserver.  The dishes, the hair, recreation, heck even my yoga take a backseat on this wild ride. 

Sometimes this passion means leaving aside those once important things.  Sometimes it looks like selfishness – friends, family, partners may not understand the single-minded focus.   

Mostly it means letting go of the life raft, the comfort zone and swimming on my own.

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