Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Road map

A drawing of my endeavour to find my true voice, inspired by some journal notes I was making about coming to the process of making healing medicine dolls.

Myself standing by a ponga tree - one of my favourite New Zealand icons

I've been thinking about road maps as an aid to get me where I'm going with my art adventures - after drawing the picture above, I realized this is a road map of my desired destination, the final finding of my voice visualized by my art. The doll course encourages us to use mind maps to visualize our goal AND the journey to that goal. It makes a lot of sense really, to firstly know where you want to get to, and then to work out how to get there in easy manageable steps. The other night I sat and wrote a list of the things I want to have achieved by the end of 2009, then I left it in the office to contemplate it later. In the meantime my elder children had found it and read it, then they told me my goals were wonderful and achievable. What encouragement! Now I need to sit down and take each goal and make myself a road map (another list, diary, mind map ...) to help me get to where I want to go. Having had other people witness it in a non-critical and supportive way (accidental on my part, but maybe someone is looking down on me!) will keep me accountable.

Isn't it funny how little happenings occur that illustrate your point when you need to be taught something? When I was walking down the path to Bridal Veil Falls (where the photo with the ponga was taken) I fell off the edge of the path on some loose stones. As I fell I twisted my foot, hurt my knee and broke my sandal! Luckily my son saw what was happening and grabbed me just as I was about to lose my balance again. Honestly, I shouldn't be let out into the wild!! Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that you should stick to the path - road map - or else you can get in a spot of bother.

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