Yes, it is!
Welcome to my new adventure. What is this Lisaville? Something I have been gestating for months. Well really, for years. Dare I say, for decades….. I want to create a place to explore profound ideas that are sparked by words and supported by art. I want to start discussions. I want to learn and share. I want us to explore things that we all think about, yet rarely discuss. Things that touch us deeply, that guide us or hinder us or help us, that may feel a bit embarrassing or too vulnerable or silly or even obvious. Yet still grab on to our souls with an intensity that we can’t deny. And connect us all…….
In practical terms, my intent is to post here weekly and lead off with a word or short phrase that inspires a discussion. A basic truism of life, always with an undercurrent of hope and gratitude and a positive outlook. I also intend to support these weekly discussions by sharing original art pieces that express my vision of the idea represented by the words. I want us to talk about creativity and life and being kind to ourselves and others and what it means to recognize and honor our soul’s needs.
So let’s begin. Because you know today is DAY ONE!!! Not just for this new blog and art adventure for me, but for every one of us, no matter what journey we are on. DAY ONE sounds so uplifting, so fresh and new, so full of possibility. A new opportunity to start over. A chance to begin AGAIN that thing that you can’t quite get a handle on, that you keep procrastinating about, that you’re not quite sure how to proceed. But then it can turn ominous as things happen that distract you or disrupt you or disturb you. Including your own inner critic: “I don’t have time”, “I’m not good enough or talented enough to succeed, so I won’t even try”, “No one will care”, “I’m not important enough”, “I have too much work or chores or responsibilities to others and no time for myself”, “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have any help or support”, “This dream is too big for me to achieve”, “Who am I kidding”, etc. etc. etc…..
And for some of those reasons I have been putting off launching this blog and website. Very very very good reasons (I lead a very “disrupted” life, more on that later). But not good enough reasons. My initial intent was to first produce a lovely finished collage to illustrate these DAY ONE words. And to start on January 1. How silly of me! Anyone else relate to the perfectionism myth that surrounds that intent? And how’s that working for you?
But the problem is that I have all these ideas swimming around inside of me, wanting, no NEEDING to burst out into the world and see how others relate to this human experience we all share. I gotta start! Hold my breath and jump in the cold pool. So DAY ONE is not at all about preconceived plans and expectations. It is about doing….. IT…….. NOW. Let go of the “control” that is suggested by clinging to “perfectionism”. Even if I were to have started this as perfectly as I had dreamt, I still can not control how it evolves or how it is received. After all, true conversations are never controlled by the participants, they evolve and can go in all sorts of directions — and I love that! That’s how we learn about each other, and in turn learn more about ourselves. The richness of life!!! How we share and connect and experience what makes us alike and what makes us unique. That is the preciousness of being human. That is the gift we get every day we wake up still breathing. I want to accept that gift, and share it with you.
Ta-da! Here I present to you, on my fledgling unfinished “under-construction” blog/website, my idea sketch for my DAY ONE collage. Taking a risk, revealing something incomplete, vulnerable, something just beginning. The seed of my idea for the collage. The tender process of creating art. Stay tuned to see how the piece progresses. Because this is my perfectly imperfect DAY ONE. And how lucky am I to be sharing it with you on your DAY ONE!?!?!
So tell me, what does DAY ONE mean to you? Take a risk, leave a comment, I really want to hear your thoughts!