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Modern Art DIY – part 3

Modern Art DIY part 3

I’m presenting the third instalment in my ‘packing = modern’ art series. This project was created by me as I was sorting and packing the school area. It is a simple project which serves a dual purpose – creating a work of art and finding out which felt pens still work. For this reason, I undertake this project on a semi-regular basis.

What You Need:

  • A pile of felt pens, highlighter, markers etc.
  • A piece of scrap paper – pre-scribbled on is just fine
  • A good chunk of time to undertake a mindless task
  • A rubbish bin
  • A pencil case

The Process:

  • Take lid off felt pen.
  • Draw a scribble on the scrap paper.
  • Choose whether pen is good to keep.
  • Place pen in either rubbish bin or pencil case.
  • Repeat with every pen in the pile.
  • Display artwork with previously created modern art areas in house.
  • Experiment with different filters over photo.
  • Smile while continuing to sort and pack.

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Modern Art DIY Collage

Childhood is Living

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“When we adults think of children, there is a simple truth which we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life, childhood is life. A child isn’t getting ready to live – a child is living.

The child is constantly confronted with the nagging question, ‘What are you going to be?” Courageous would be the youngster who, looking the adult squarely in the face, would say, “I’m not going to be anything; I already am.”

We adults would be shocked by such an insolent remark for we have forgotten, if indeed we ever knew, that a child is an active participating and contributing member of society from the time he is born. Childhood isn’t a time when he is moulded into a human who will then live life; he is a human who is living life. No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied him by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation.”

– Professor T. Ripaldi –

Children Living

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Smile

I have been rather silent here lately. It’s times like this when ‘life’ seems to take over and I’ve commented on several occasions lately that, ‘it takes all day to get through the day.’ Nothing extraordinary happening – but lots of little things added into my days which make up a very full life – delightful, enjoyable, beautiful… but full. So today I’m sharing some words of wisdom from a person who has inspired me over the years. While I may not agree with his entire philosophy of life or everything he writes, he has inspired me to live my life with a purpose, to be more connected, to live in the present moment and appreciate each day for the beauty found within it and possible most importantly he has inspired me to write – really write, and this blog is one small part of that.

 

Smile in Each Moment

By Leo Babauta

There’s a tendency to get caught up in the tasks of our day, the urgency of what’s coming up, the distractions of being online.

And we forget to smile.

In the rush of the day, the stress of wanting things to happen a certain way, we lose the enjoyment of each moment.

In every moment, there’s the capacity for happiness. It’s not that we need to be ecstatic, full of pleasure, excited or even joyous each and every second of the day. Who needs that kind of pressure? And it’s not that we can never feel sadness or anger or stress. It’s that we can feel happiness, in some form, any moment we like, even in the midst of stress or sadness.

And it’s exceedingly simple. We just need to remember to smile.

You can smile in each and every moment.

OK, maybe you don’t need a smile on your face all day long — your cheeks will feel tired. But we can smile more, and in between physical smiles, we can have an internal smile.

Try an internal smile now: have a calm, unsmiling face, but think of the miracle of this moment, and find a thought to smile about. Feel the smiling feeling inside. Isn’t that amazing?

What do you have to smile about in this moment?

Some ideas:

  • You have someone in your life who cares about you.
  • There is beauty all around you, in many forms.
  • You are generous, compassionate, and good-hearted.
  • You have someone you can help.
  • You have eaten today.
  • You can move.
  • You can see the sun shining.
  • You can appreciate the leaves of a tree, rain falling, wind blowing.
  • You can taste chocolate.
  • You get to spend time with someone you love.
  • You have music in your life.
  • You get to create something.

And so on. You probably don’t have all of these, but you might have one or two, and if so, that’s a more than good enough cause to smile.

You’ll forget to smile in some moments, because your mind gets caught up in stories about the past, stresses about what might happen in the future. None of this is happening right now — it’s just movies playing in our heads.

Instead, remind yourself of what’s happening right now, and see the beauty in it, see the reason to smile. And then smile, externally and internally.

This changes your day, because now instead of being caught up in stress and stories, we are present, and happy. We can be content with every moment.

It changes your life, because too often we miss the smile-ability of life when we are not paying attention.