Many months ago, the fabulous and multitalented Sacred Suzie inspired us all to make boards of our wishes, our hopes and our desires, a sort of ‘manifestation’, if you will. In typical Claire fashion, I knew I’d enjoy doing this, but was deep in the throes of a particularly crazy workweek. So I wrote myself a post-it and said I’d get on to it when I had time to spare. At the start of my summer break I found the post-it and got to work! And below are my collages. They’re a bit amateur (I like arts and crafts, but I do find them hard sometimes!) but I actually really enjoyed making them.
I just collected words and pictures that inspired me (so there’s pictures of the beach at Findhorn, the Cairngorms capped with snow, a London scene, Maya Angelou, Dolly Parton, Audrey Hepburn, and other things), collected some quotes (a couple of which I’ve written out below) and words that reflect the things that I love, the things I think are important, or the things I hope to have… It was powerful to sit down and actually think about these things 🙂
“Then you rose into my life
Like a promised sunrise
Brightening my days with the light in your eyes.
I’ve never been so strong,
Now I’m where I belong.”
Maya Angelou, from Where We Belong (A Duet)
“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”
I also wanted to put in this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which sums up a lot for me, but ran out of space! I have a copy of this poem on a wall in my classroom and a little framed version of it at home:
“Definition of a Successful Life
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.”
I love that poem.
This was such a relaxing, comforting and inspiring thing to do. Thanks for the cue, Suzie!
What would your collages hold?