Well hello Friday! You're here. We've all been waiting for you. Yes, we seem to like you a lot. Everyone does. A chance to look back at the week...at what we've accomplished or done..and a chance to look ahead at the weekend ahead.
So, I've been drawing. A lot! My brain got a workout this week. I'm not kidding. The next exercise I worked on was really challenging. In the workbook it said, "This exercise is designed to reduce conflict between the brain modes by causing your language ode to drop out of the task." (From Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards). I was to choose one out of four paintings and copy them. Wait. Copy them upside down! In the book it directs you to move from line to line, space to space and fit the parts together as you draw. You think this sounds easy? It wasn't! I ended up doing ALL four drawings. It was actually recommended to keep going and challenge the brain with more than one exercise. So I did. I included the pictures here the blog. (see down below).
I've been adding some new stuff...trying things out. I talk about in today's podcast.
I'm excited. I'm challenging myself creatively...which in turns lowers my anxiety because it reminds me of all the things I'm capable of doing.
Pretty cool right?
I'm learning to set my own pace.
I'm learning to embrace my own style.
I'm learning to accept who I am which I used to think included a ton of weaknesses...but I now I accept I have strengths.
We all do.
If you're interested in trying this work - I do highly recommend it. Take it slow. Take it fast. Whatever your pace is that creates that spark - do it.
As I discuss in today's podcast, I'm reading a lot again. I'm so pleased. I just finished The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I'm not going to leave a review on Amazon. It feels weird. Twain isn't around. It's a classic. He was a good writer. But I would like to share my thoughts with you. It's great that he wrote a book about Huck Finn who really is an entertaining character.
(Okay spoiler ahead if you haven't read it).
This book invites you into Huck's head. And wow - the chatter that goes on in there. There is a scene when he is grappling with the thought that he has hurt a poor white woman by not turning in Jim, her slave, and the feelings of love and friendship he has with Jim. At first it is hard to read. You think are you nuts Huck! Jim a person. He shouldn't be enslaved. He wants freedom and to be with his family. Then as you step word by word into his thought process you realize - he doesn't know any better. He has been...well for lack of a better word...brainwashed. But you can tell the fact that he is working it through - means that underneath all of that sludge he was taught - the truth is there. Huck knows the loving truth. Jim should be free. Jim is a person. Jim is as valuable and worthy of love and kindness as anyone else. I had a moment of intense anger with Tom Sawyer when they were trying to free Jim, who once again finds himself in shackles. They have an easy quick way to do it - but Tom wants the adventure - so he complicates the whole mission to add excitement. Poor Jim has to deal with this...well bullshit. I was so annoyed! In the end - everything turns out all right. You see these boys were just ignorant young boys. You see the lifestyle they come from. You see the simplicity and sweetness of Jim who because he too doesn't believe in his value, allows so many crazy antics to happen. You are just glad he finds freedom. I do believe it is a good book to read while young....but also to read when one is older. Trust me - you'll have so many different perspectives, thoughts and feelings on this book.
All right...well...onward to more adventures. A toast - to trying new things!
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