While reading Og Mandino’s 4th Scroll from The Greatest Salesman in the World, this week’s blog subject came to me quite easily. Not only do I embrace the knowledge “I am nature’s greatest miracle”, I revisit the fact I am also “a unique creature of nature”.
And to all of yours, of course!
I have always known I was unique (that’s a whole separate story I believe is better left for another day). I am only now, however, being given the tools to understand what this means.
“I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose.”
Now, we’re talking!!! What a way to look at my being here! Lu-uve!
“None can duplicate my brush strokes,…”
This is where it gets a bit freaky! This sentence jumped off the page and just about slapped me across the…well, let’s just say I was a bit silly after that!
Some may know the story which fits here. Since I believe many of you do not, please allow me to elaborate.
I always had a pencil in my hand. The earliest I remember was when I was in Kindergarten. In grade school I recall not feeling well enough to go outside during recess and staying in the nurse’s office being quiet – while drawing! One of my “did it right” cards involved the memory of my Santa drawing (4’ tall) being hung in the front office at school when I was about 7 or 8.
As I grew up, I dabbled with other media in art class but none of them really did anything for me and neither was I able to do anything with them (hmmmm, a case of what you think about grows?) I had always told everyone “I do not see in colour.” Allow me to create what I see in black and white (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink)…easy! Ask me to create in paint and I would struggle.
A few years ago I started to “see” brush strokes in colour photographs. Upon sharing, my husband immediately bought me an easel with a starter set of paints and brushes (I adore that man!). The easel ended up sitting beside my change of season cloths rack in the basement crawl space. I know…I know…that was not a nice thing to do to such a thoughtful present. I just could not pick up a brush! I was all kind of scared. I had no training in using paint (other than the typical high school projects once a year). What was I thinking??
Fast forward 2 years. My Feng Shui consultant explained I needed a certain painting above my fireplace. It had to be running black horses AND they had to be running to the left. Not only was this very specific, the space available would fit a 12” x 36” canvas. I searched for months. I found 1 painting but it was too large.
Now we need to drift a bit off center to bring this silly slap full circle.
A few months prior to my Feng Shui discussion, I had made a decision to grow my hair and shave it off to raise funds for our MLMs charity. I had wanted to give more than I was able to financially afford. I figured, in one of those strange moments of clarity I get (it’s almost like my own voice tells me what to do), if I was able to get others to donate to the charity because I shaved my hair off….I would be generating more than I was able to give on my own. 5 months later my husband took his trimmer to my hair and in front of a healthy group of business owners, took my hair off using the zero setting (the only thing left was the stubble you take off with a razor). Now he did offer to use the razor. I gracefully declined.
A week or two later I was doing my morning meditation outside in the yard. I asked the universe, my angels, my divine team, to help me. What was I supposed to be doing? What was my dharma?
Within a few days I decided to create the required Feng Shui painting. I went to the store and picked up a 12” x 36” canvas and painted 7 black running horses…all facing to the left. I could paint!
TRANSLATION: Give more! Get more!!
I’ve completed numerous paintings since then: my neighbour’s little girl, a Jamaican sunset, a woman’s dog who had to be put down with age, a grandfather (created in colour from a black and white photo), and so many others.
A facet of my vision for the future is to teach art to the children attending the school we build. I found something within me I had denied through years of embracing a negative, self-defeating mantra. I will do whatever I can to encourage others to embrace their potential.
what we could accomplish as a society if we learn these lessons early! Let us teach! Truly understand and share that anything is possible because…..
“I am nature’s greatest miracle!” I am unique!!!
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share. Remember to make each day count! Carolynn Sokil