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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mosaics: Beautiful, Broken, Open


“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” 
― Pablo Picasso

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I'm excited to get back in the studio, now that we're back from our honeymoon and back to real life.

But not without a dose of island life in our souls...
Take me back Aruba...
 And now we come back to the states, married.  Different, but still the same.
Hey we're in the paper!
That idea of returning home but differently reminded me of my own personal journey.  I woke up from a coma very different from the Amy I knew before.  It took every second of the past decade to reassemble who I was.  I'm still not done.  But the beauty is, I can keep adding, revising and tinkering as I go.  I'll never recreate the same Amy.  But I like who I am now.  Who really wants to recreate their 18 year old selves anyway?  Or is even able to?

 I've used the metaphor before of a mosaic - and I love that idea.  Something beautiful, that once shattered, can never be put back together the same way.  But when it's reassembled it's still beautiful - a broken beauty - different, but still breathtaking all the same.
My first essay for HUFFINGTON POST!!!! talks about that a bit.
Read it!

 (sorry, very excited - I've been pitched thousands of times - well maybe not thousands....never give up!!!)
There is something very beautiful about the cracks in the pavement, the cracks in shattered glass, in broken fragments of seaglass.  What is broken is beautiful.  Nature shows us that.
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One of my favorite books is titles "Broken Open" - How difficult times can help us grow.
How have difficult times allowed you to grow?

Imagine yourself being "broken open" right now, at this very minute.  An egg cracking, a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, a broken glass at a wedding - whatever that means to you.

Imagine the shell, the container that you once found warmth, home and comfort in - or perhaps the container that was preventing you from breaking free.

Now, feel the burst of color, of sound, of light that overflows from those cracks.  All of those beautiful hues of your aliveness, finally breaking free.  That's what being "broken open" means to me.
Through creating, we discover that there are actually many colors, rhythms, shapes, emotions and worlds inside of us that would have never come to light had we not allowed ourselves to become shattered.
Imagine the beautiful ripples that continue for miles and miles when we toss one small stone into a body of water.  Now remember the stillness that would have kept the water silent, had the surface never been broken open.
It's a wondrous thing to have leaks, scars, tears, broken bits.  And it's an amazing feeling to start putting together those pieces once again.
I never enjoyed puzzles as a child.  I thought the task was tedious, redundant and quite boring.  Why would I want to spend hours trying to get random pieces to fit together exactly, when I can just look at the picture on the front of the box and know precisely what my end result will be?

(Although I guess you can also argue that it's pointless to read Romeo and Juliet if you know they'll both die - SPOILER ALERT!)

But I guess my kind of puzzle - the mixed media artist's preference, one might say - is to take those pieces, and rearrange them into something different, but still beautiful.  A beautiful mosaic.  Like me.  Shattered, put together with the experience of a true survivor, and creating a finished product that is nothing like what I started with - and also nothing like I had ever anticipated.

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
Allen Saunders

Today, think about whatever you feel is "broken" in your life.  Something didn't go as you planned - it could be a life-altering event, or you could have ordered the wrong burger - suffering is relative :)  Find the broken pieces of your life.

Imagine how you once felt as a "whole"...what gave you that feeling?  For me, I feel whole when I feel my heart.  And I feel my heart when I'm with those I love, when I'm doing what I love, when I feel love for my body, and gratitude for the life I live.

Finding that place of wholeness is NOT like a boardgame where by the end, you have to land exactly where you started.  The wonderful thing about your heart is, it's everywhere you are. <Tweet this!>
Tweet: You don't need to land where you started. The wonderful thing about your heart is, it's everywhere you are @amyoes

Have a great day...and don't forget to take your heart with you.  Spend today making beautiful mosaics out of unexpected events, disappointing setbacks and other random surprises.  What kind of new masterpiece will YOU create?
(A beautiful new masterpiece, different, but beautiful all the same.)

“I try not to make plans. God always laughs at your plans. I’m going to keep the door open, and keep the page blank, and see what gets painted upon it.”
That's how I happened to meet my husband - definitely didn't plan that one!
 Before I Go...
Okay, I sort of lied - I like SOME puzzles, but more like brain-teasers - are you smart enough to get these?  (I didn't say it, Buzzfeed did.)


  1. Beautiful post! We went to Aruba for our honeymoon, too - would LOVE to go back! And I think I need to read that book :) Thanks so much for taking the time to link up at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again on Friday!

  2. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!