On Sunday I wrote a post about envy.
I came to the conclusion that the reason I envy other people’s Play Projects is because they contain some vital element that’s missing in my life.
That vital element turned out to be ‘little illustrations’ and ‘combining words with pictures’.
Hmm…So what did I do about this revelation?
Last week we were asked what our ‘core message’ was. ‘Could it be that you are exploring and expressing a core message that matters deeply to you?’…
Well yes, actually. This is mine:
Be 100% YOU.
‘You have an amazing spark inside of you and it wants to come out! That’s why you feel so restless – your subconscious knows you’re hiding a massive part of yourself away. Life’s too short to walk around pretending to be someone else (it’s knackering and frankly depressing). The solution? Show your spark to the world and be 100% YOU!’
As I pondered this message, an idea popped into my head. It involved a simple design, some words, and a postcard.
In the past I would have immediately thought ‘That’s nice, I’ll do that one day’ or, worse, ‘I wish I could do that but it’s silly…’…However, I am in playing mode now, so I plomped myself down at my computer and created a simple design to sum up my core message.
Here is my postcard (sorry if it’s a bit fuzzy):
I enjoyed it so much, the next day I did another:
(‘Muchos love’ is how I end my text messages to one particular friend when I’m in a silly or affectionate mood, which happens to be quite often.)
So…here are four marvellous facts:
- When I was creating these postcards I felt happy. (I mean really happy.)
- Creating these postcards made me smile (something I haven’t done much recently).
- For the rest of the day my insides knew I had honoured them. Something fundamental had shifted. And that made everything else in my world seem OK.
- My next Play Project is now sorted. My insides have spoken: I’m going to illustrate and design a range of postcards and post them on this blog.
Conclusion: If you envy someone, there’s a reason why. If you can find that reason, extract the essence of it and weave this into your life in some small way, your insides will do little cartwheels of joy!