During the workshop, we were challenged to make a "Mood Board" based on a personal story told to us by our partner sitting at the same table. My partner began the conversation by stating, "Well, I am always walking on the edge of chaos." "What do you mean?" I asked. "Well, I have had three near death experiences in my life, so I always feel like I'm just on the edge of chaos--not falling completely into it, but just teetering on the edge." As she went onto explain her near-death experiences, I found myself conjuring up the image of her walking on a tightrope, with chaos below.
After our conversations, we were free to choose our materials. As I was looking for supplies, I found a long, thin piece of poster board--perfect for a long tightrope picture! As I looked for a rope, I happened upon a piece of red ribbon that had a few knots in it. This seemed like the perfect symbol of her life line, and her three near death experiences! After finding the perfect tightrope, I needed chaos. My partner had told me that one of her near death experiences had occurred while she was living in New York City, so I thought the image of a city with colorful yarn and mark-making would be the perfect representation of chaos. Here is an image of Mondo and I, standing with my finished work of art:
How many untold stories are living around us everyday, waiting to be HEARD and retold?
Take a moment every once in a while to truly listen to those around you--forget about yourself, your stories, calm the buzz in your head, and just LISTEN. You never know where their stories may take you!