One of my popular workshops is The Power of Words. Words are indeed powerful. Remember the kid in the ___th grade who made fun of your _____ and called you ______. Yeah, you know the one. When I mention this in my workshops I often get a response, through clenched teeth, “___________ ____________, in the __th grade laughed at my _____ and I spent the next ____ years trying to change it.” Words are powerful.
In the seventh grade my art teacher, after a few months of looking at my efforts, said “Suzanne, you’ve got great ideas but you just can’t put them on paper.” That was eons ago and I can still hear her voice. I’ve often wondered what lesson in teacher’s college taught to totally extinguish any spark of effort in a child. Words are powerful.
At a local market recently I was struck by the sculptures at one booth. They were simple, fun, inspiring. I was enamoured. They had a sign-up sheet. Classes. What fun! Then I heard the voice,” You’ve got great ideas BUT…”. The artist, when I told her I hadn’t any talent, simply said, “Yes you do. I’ll show you.”
This weekend I was part of a small group that gathered at Mary Lou Devine’s studio to get down and dirty creating Paverpol statues. Mary Lou’s creations are imaginative. They evoke happiness. My first effort is a long way from her league but she guided me to create this woman, arms raised, titled Yes I Can.
Yes I Can is sitting on my desk, erasing the voice.
What are you doing to erase the voice you hear?