One of the advantages of inviting people to my home to do art is getting to know new people and connecting with them and their life stories. I have learned that we are not as different as we think. We all have experienced joy and heartache. We all have similar stories to tell but have our own perspectives.
A wonderful lady literally rolled into my life. She and her husband, by some lucky chance, drove to our acreage for our garage sale at the end of the day. I courageously asked her if she was “into art”. She immediately said yes, and the conversation took off!
Since then, she has joined me for an evening of visual journaling. The theme was ‘Anything is possible”. We created a background using different texture tools, watercolour paint and rubbing alcohol. Next we painted blobs and then turned the blobs into something new. She saw a squirrel, I saw a mermaid. No right answers, just fun. The great thing about this process is the letting go and not expecting anything but having fun watching the paint do its thing in water. We did a lot of creative thinking and problem solving. We giggled and oohed and ahhhhed over the simplest surprises, just like little girls.
We talked like we were long time friends. Isn’t it marvelous that complete strangers can connect so easily?
We have been brainwashed with the stranger danger message to the extreme. We walk by people and not acknowledge them. We don’t hold the door open for others or even smile at them in fear that something bad will happen if you acknowledge the stranger.
Well, I can tell you first hand that there are more nice people in the world than those dangerous strangers. Of course, you want to be cautious, but don’t close your heart, ears and mind. You could be missing out on an amazing life altering event.
The lesson here is to open yourself up to new opportunities, experiences and chance meetings. Open your heart to welcome in new people. We all have valuable things to learn from each other. Know that you are not alone in the world. You don’t have to go through your ups and downs alone. There are people out there, even strangers, who have open hearts, ears, and minds to support you and grow with you!
When I first started this adventure, it was about teaching art to people. Now it is about teaching art and making connections, meeting new people and connecting with their life stories and growing as a caring, open person. If you would like to have me send an email to you of upcoming events, ideas and special offerings, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a newsletter soon.
Blessings to you, Renee