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Friday, June 13, 2014

Helen Keller: Life is a Daring Adventure or it is Nothing



Artist: Susan J Meyerott


What will you do today to make your life feel new, fresh and vital?

'I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.'  Helen Keller

Artist: Susan J Meyerott

What golden opportunities are waiting for you out there?

What golden opportunity would you pursue if you knew you couldn't fail?

'Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.' Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Artist: Susan J Meyerott

How do you create daily life adventures? What are you enthusiastic about? What could lead you on a merry life adventure? 

Take a step in. Follow your interests down a path of adventure.

'Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.Sarah Ban Breathnach

Weaving Your Way Around the World

How can you use your interests and passions to lead you on a merry life of adventure? Here's one person's story.

My sister Jean is a textile artist who has created an adventurous and engaging life through her passion for weaving.  

Over the years I've watched Jean as she enthusiastically immersed herself in learning how to weave tiny threads while staying open to the influences of textile artists around her. It was this focus on tiny threads that opened the world to her.

As part of a vibrant community of weavers, Jean has traveled the world to study the art and methods of regional artists--in places such as Vietnam, Bali, and Peru. She has woven a colorful life of friendship, learning, and adventure that renews and inspires her to create more.

And it all started with a tiny thread. 

Be an adventure voyeur--click on the link to the video of Jean's latest trip to Peru and vicariously experience the fun. Then think about how you're going to immerse yourself in a life of adventure--one tiny thread at a time.


http://animoto.com/play/Niyid9vstCFz4GCvlKwdmQ

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Believe in Yourself--Delight in Your Weaknesses; Learn from Mistakes; and Leave Your Critics at the Door


I am what I am--Creative and Messy


'To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.'    William Arthur Ward

Do you ever catch a glimpse of the truth of yourself as you go about your day? I do—and it always puts a smile on my face.

I am a person fraught with weaknesses that make other people shudder. My weaknesses are of the large variety that others love to point out to me--just in case I miss them.

One of my more notable weaknesses is my messiness. It's always been a great conversation piece among friends and family.

I have the unique ability to storm a room in a fit of creativity, creating a whirlwind of activity that leaves an untidy mess in its wake.  Some refer to my messiness as a force of nature while others just call it wrong. Me? I call it the creative process.

My inclination towards messiness arises out of a natural preference for organizing in piles, not files. I'm a girl who likes to have all her resources laid out before her when she works. As soon as I put it all away--neatly stored in files--my creativity disappears. I have to see it to be inspired--and for me it's all about the inspiration!

A Sheep in Form-Fitting Wolf Attire

Sure, over the years I've learned to put up false fronts and outfit this sheep in form-fitting wolf attire for the comfort of others. I've learned to live comfortably and calmly in the world of others expectations—but it's not my preferred way of being. So retreating into my inner world is where I go to be free of judgment.

The Extrovert's Wondrous Inner World 
'Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.'   Vincent Van Gogh

Although I am an extrovert who loves interacting in the outer world—the truth is--I relish retreating into my own world where I can fully appreciate my own company--unencumbered by the critical eyes of others.

In my own private world I fully accept, roll in, embellish and enjoy the person that I am. I answer to no one--leaving judgment on my person to dwell outside while I move into my fully-loaded free-flowing and uninhibited self. In that private moment I am incorrigible—and I love it. 


Delight in Your Weaknesses 

Like me, you probably have weaknesses you try to hide to maintain a better image in the world. But don't be so fast to put those weaknesses down--learn to delight in them instead.

Our so-called weaknesses have an upside to them--they are in fact the flip-side of our strengths. 

Your weaknesses can more effectively be viewed as strengths overused.  (I.e. Your  strengths only show up as weaknesses when overused--too much of a good thing.)

By learning to revel in and appreciate your weaknesses instead of being ashamed of them--you'll quickly discover the key to becoming your best self is to learn to exercise control over your strengths, not hide your weaknesses. 

'It's a whole lot easier to gently pull back on doing something you do well than it is to attempt to rid yourself of something you see as bad.'

Exercise Control over your Strengths 

My son, Sean--an extrovert--has a great sense of humor that used to get him in trouble when he was in middle school. He would talk too much and joke around during class--and ultimately annoy his teachers who would note these weaknesses on his report card.

Back in middle school, I told Sean his lesson was to learn how to exercise control over his fabulous strengths--his gregarious and fun-loving nature--so he could wield them appropriately. By  practicing  control over his assets as he matured, he became more effective.

The upside of being able to engage others with a great sense of humor is these are personal assets that--when managed properly--can help you go far in life. As an adult, Sean has put those strengths to use in his work as a project manager. 

Before you can change or improve upon yourself, you must accept and love the person you are now--warts and all. Change begins with a belief in yourself--and that means learning to leave your critics at the door while you enjoy your so-called weaknesses. 

If and when you are ready to balance your nature, practice exercising control over your strengths by gently pulling back on what you do well instead of attempting to get rid of something you view as bad.


When You're Being Run Out of Town, Get in Front and Make it Look Like a Parade

 'When you're being run out of town, get in front and make it look like a parade' has been my life mantra (always thought it was PT Barnum quote...but not sure).It gets at the heart of 'embrace your weaknesses and showcase them as strengths'. Stop hiding yourself--put it out there for all to see.

Don't be too quick to accept other's judgments on your imperfections. Within your imperfections lie great treasures worth parading in front of others. Learn to laugh at your foibles--and be ready to forgive yourself for your weaknesses. 

'Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.' Les Brown



I meant to do my work today

Lyrics from Elton John Song in Friends Soundtrack 1970



I meant to do my work today
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree
I know that one too
And a butterfly flitted across the field
And all the leaves were calling me
And the buttercups nodded their smiling heads
Greeting the bees who came to call
And I asked the lizard the time of day
As he sunned himself on a moss grove
And the wind went sighing over the land
Tossing the grasses to and fro
And a rainbow held out its shining hand

So what could I do but laugh and go



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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Maya Angelou: People Will Never Forget How You Made them Feel

Life is Good!
Susan J Meyerott, Artist

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles

With fond memories of Maya Angelou--
whose thoughts are woven into the lives of so many.

This is Your Life!

~20 years down the road, when you look back at your life and career, what do you want to see you've contributed or accomplished?

~How do you want to be remembered by others?


~What will your legacy be?  Will it be engraved in a stone monument or woven into the lives of others?

This is your life--Make something of it each day. Strive to do good in little ways. Make a difference in the life of one living being today~be it human or animal or earth.

Be Humble: If you want to be remembered~be humble. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less in the service of others. Your little acts of kindness offered up with humility are what are woven into the lives of others.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou

Plant Kindness~Harvest Love
Susan J Meyerott, Artist

 The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.~ Oscar Wilde

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Who Are Your Influencers of Attitude?


Communing with Nature:
Pre-fabricated green house/garden shed kit designed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth for Kekkil√§ Garden (Finland.) shown on linen and lavender website.


'Your love of life is rekindled in times of stillness, and in turn your sense of purpose is revealed. Slow down to enjoy those moments of stillness.' Susan J Meyerott

Who are Your Influencers of Attitude? 

Ahhhh...I love the conversations I have with you--the people in my life--my chosen influencers of attitude! 

Some of you share stories or poems of inspiration with me, and some share images to soothe. You are the people who, in your desire to have a positive influence on those around you, send out positive messages and images to lighten the mood or give hope to the weary.

In my morning meditations--which really consists of lingering over the tasty tidbits you share so I can turn around and share them with others--I imagine our conversations to be like prayerful 'responsorials' planting positive seeds in each others lives and attitudes. 
"Peace be with you"

"And also with you"

You are my chosen influencers of attitude who help me see the world with a refreshed set of eyes. So who are yours? 

'Who do you chose to give the power to be a compelling force on your actions, behavior, and attitudes? Do you actively choose or do you leave it to chance?'

Imagining a Womb with a View

Lee is one of my influencers of attitude. The image 'communing with nature' came from Lee, with whom I share a love of art and imagination. When we get together we spend hours lingering over photo and art books firing our imagination. We enter a place where time stands still and  we get lost in a sea of pleasure and tranquility.

Sometimes I put off opening an email from Lee until I can savor what is sure to be a treat. I ready myself for what gift will be waiting for me before allowing myself to peek.

So when I opened the 'communing with nature' email titled YES! I immediately saw myself in that 'Womb with a View' enjoying life's lingering moments--providing me a moment of tranquility to start my day.

When I asked Lee if she was going to build it (she lives on a beautiful island in the North) she replied: 

"I have already built it in my heart and you are resting in it."

And that is why I give Lee the power to be one of my influencers of attitude--she imagines good things for me!

Choose Your Influencers of Attitude

Choose who your influencers of attitude will be in your life--don't leave it to chance

Don't let your outlook on life be accidentally shaped by the negative naysayers. 

Actively acknowledge those who positively influence you and let yourself be guided by their good counsel.  You deserve a good outlook on life!

'We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.' Thomas S Monson


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