A blog full of perspectives on living life,
with increasing richness and fullness.
I’m creating this blog/site to share a variety of “pages” that I’ve created, in the past few years…with the hope that some of these ideas might be helpful to others… I’ve learned a lot of “lessons” the hard way… so maybe some others might be able to learn from my own experiences….and maybe even have fewer stumbles along the way….or perhaps to get back up more easily when there are stumbles.
The pages may look like decorations, but there is more to them than that…
I create each page with the strong, positive intention of using the power of metaphor and symbols, color and few words to work toward shifting and including each particular perspective into how I’m living my everyday life.
An observation that I’ve made, through many years of teaching and learning, is that symbols and metaphor can work like a very effective and useful “back door” or “doorway” into the mind….and can lead to very positive shifts, without using many actual words…. (see writings by linguist George Lakoff and researcher Gay Becker, PhD for supporting research)
How I actually “use” the posts on this site:
- I have most of the images printed up….I tape a few of the pages on various walls in the house or at work… for use when I’m trying to “get” that idea…as reminders
- I also have smaller cards (the size of business cards) of the images…. I put a few cards in my pocket each morning, to keep those particular ideas in mind that day…my very own “pocket perspectives”.
- I have some of the images printed on transparencies and laminated...I hang those in windows to help me remember to reflect on those ideas..those “window hangers” are really pretty and very motivating…I’ve found that I’m much more apt to look at something as I look out a window than something on a wall…
- Each evening, I take a few minutes and scroll down through some of the posts on this site. I reflect on how I may have used some of these positive perspectives throughout my day. When I notice that I did use some of the positive perspectives, I think about how I did that. If I had challenges during the day, I try to be kind and understanding and then think about how I might handle something differently the next day by using a certain perspective…I am finding that this reflecting process really helps…I’m really noticing some positive shifts…
….A the window full of ideas (click image to enlarge)
The longer explanation: about the purpose and creating of the “pages” on this site:
To support actually remembering and using the ideas…which is the entire purpose of every image and post on this site… a few key principles can help. These ideas are also in the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath, a book full of excellent ideas. I was using these “principles” before I read the book, but that book confirmed those strategies. I try to use these principles in creating pages … ( the whole point of the pages is to help myself remember the ideas ) I made this page to remind myself…
Purposes of the pages: The purpose is to shift in a positive direction….As I read books, blogs, websites and go to teachings and workshops, I’m learning about other ways and perspectives of looking at and living life.
- I try to take some of the important ideas and simplify them so that I can remember, practice and use the ideas.
- I do this by creating colorful “pages” that incorporate a simple, but important idea….an idea that might lead to some new perspectives as I live life. I use basic symbols, photos, images,colors and few words to try to get the ideas to “go in”.
- I create the “reminder” pages and then print them up and put them on walls, doors and the refrig…anywhere there is space…
- I need those reminders right there in front of my eyes…to keep them in mind and to learn to live with those ideas.
Window hangers:Recently, I’ve begun to make these pages into window hanger/light catchers….I love gazing out windows and am finding that these “light catchers” contain appealing reminders…and appealing lighting changes throughout the day…casting light on my ideas.
Using symbols: I think that metaphor, symbols, images, color, photos and very few words are the “backdoor” into the brain….or perhaps, even the front door? Maybe so…. A “Doorway” page I created a few years ago, that explains this idea: Link to pretty page: Doorway
Previous booklets and pages: I’ve been creating little booklets and single “pages” for many years. I first made them for kids in my Resource classroom…often writing about ways to help them to learn or cope with difficult situations. The booklets were always short, few words and to the point…to help kids shift in how they are approaching challenges.
Expanding the creation of booklets as I “stumbled”: And then I had a few personal “stumbles” of my own…problems that I didn’t know how to deal with or cope with….so I transitioned into making booklets and and “pages” for my own personal use, to support my own learning. They may look at bit like decorations, which is part of the intent, but for me there are very important “study aids”…I find that if I keep them in full view, they are good reminders.
Shifting, through creating and using the booklets and images: I was in the middle of some challenging times at that point, and the booklets were my way of attempting to work my way through some of those challenges…they really helped…I continue to find those perspectives helpful…
More than just a hobby: Oddly enough, I’ve considered that creating and making these booklets and pages was a bit of a “hobby”, but now that I look at them, they look like more than just a hobby.
Sharing with others: At this point, I have 100′s of booklets and pages …and decided that maybe I’d put a few of them onto this blog/site…in case others might gain benefit from them…