You know how you wander around searching for answers, rather like puzzle pieces, and then all of a sudden they start to appear?
This has been one of those weeks!
It feels rather like a good pot of soup. Bits of this. Peels of that. Some leaves of this. Bones of something else.
None of them seem like much on their own.
When you collect them, though, with vision, and put them into a magical cauldron and add a bit of tending and a lot of time, you wind up with something wonder-full that did not exist before!
In this particular pot of metaphorical soup, there are quotes. Here’s one:
Successful people start before they’re ready. (Source unknown)
Just between us, I don’t feel entirely ready for the journey starting to appear before me. And I’m still debating the definition of successful in this particular context.
What I do know is that my archetypal quiz for Grandmothers is about to become real.
I know that kids all over need lots and lots of hope and courage and support in this moment.
And I know that Grandparents, many, many of us, are in particularly good places to offer those things.
(This is where I should say that I love and believe in Grandfathers, too. And Aunts. And Elders of many sorts. It’s just that I know lots more about being a Grandmother! But, please, if you’re reading, know that you’re welcome!)
I also know this:
In order to empower our littles, we need to empower ourselves! (Boardman)
Just like oxygen masks on an airplane!
So, there’s a new book hatching. One that will need some research help. (Stay tuned!)
And some inspiring mugs. Think tea time with your littles.
And some accessible art posters.
And a new riff on a paint adventure, filled with tools for the journey.
For today, though, a question…
What do YOU need to help empower yourself and your family and your community?
Because, when it comes right down to it, NOW is what there is and there is work to be done.
Today, we choose to matter in the world. It may be hard, but we are in charge of Hope! (Boardman, Grandmothers’ Manifesta)
ps… new things coming to FierceArtWithHeart in time for Grandparents Day. For now, BIG PROMOTION! The elves will hook you up… 25% off purchases over $100!
pps… so hoping you’ll leave me a comment or email me with your notion of what would be empowering! email@example.com