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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Assets Paint Party Friday


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”Albert Einstein


Last week we delivered some overstock coupon items to a young single mother of two adorable children. She's made some choices that put her in a fight or flight mode to protect her kids. Many may judge her, but I respect her motherly instinct to flee to protect her kids! She has so much potential even though she was raised by addicted parents. Never afforded the opportunities or proper guidance many kids get, I can only pray she realizes her true potential. Instead of being mired down in negative talk from her inner gremlin, or years of suffering intoxicated parental rants.

How many people have been harshly judged by someone without knowing their story? Too many!!! We need far more empathy in our world, more kindness, more joy!! For others, for ourselves! How many gorgeous bodies have we admired wishing we were the same, unaware of their severe bulimia....I don't like being fat a chubikin but I wouldn't want to vomit everyday either, would you? Not only women are bulimics, did you know many men are too!!

These fun characters were done in the  scribbler program then finished off in my microsoft paint program. Give it a shot! They represent how unique we all are, how easily we are wrongfully judged! Not only do we all have a unique story we each have a unique gift to share. We all have our own special way to navigate  the world!!
 
My father was  gifted musically and in other ways too! His lack of schooling haunted him. He stayed in  a menial job always afraid he wouldn't measure up doing anything else. On his time off he lived passionately doing what he loved, sports and music. It brought him great joy! Was he living his full potential? I doubt it!
After sixteen years  working for a friend  he was let go and forced to find a new job late in life! He found a better job than he expected to, with a good pension as an added bonus! 

I still wonder what he could have done with all his musical talent! It was something that stayed hidden from the world!







My very handsome brother is charismatic comedian by nature, a man who can captivate the room with his humor and at times his wisdom. I often wish the world could hear about his antics from his hilarious OCD, politically incorrect perspective. I dream of him one day sharing his humor and wisdom in a way only he can! Imagine, when he was a teen he would ice his beautiful lips in the morning because he thought they were too big!! I never knew he did that until last year.....bazaar how we are so critical of our self! Why not focus on our beauty and our gifts!!

 


How we see ourselves, how the world judges us, how we compare ourselves...it's all too much. What kind of example are we for children. They learn what they live! My mom told me not to draw attention to my imperfections because it would only magnify them. I've said the same to my daughter. Do I know I'm fat a chubikin just because I don't constantly address it? Absolutely! However it's not all that I am. I certainly don't define myself by my protective cover.


Seriously we need to take the focus off the negative things and enhance the positive!! I've always liked my nose until a few years ago. I worked with a young man who loved my nose so much he had his altered to match it. True story! Imagine my shock when the young guy told me he asked his doctor to give him a nose exactly like mine!! It changed his whole face!! Kinda creepy that he was checking out my hot nose all that time and I didn't even know it!
 
My nose has changed over the years... apparently they keep growing all your life, It's not as high in my books as it used to be so I'm considering breaking up with it... Nah I think I'll keep it, kinda goes with the rest of me!!

I am also a very patient person! Those two things don't define me, they're just a few things I like about myself... If anyone were to call me impatient I'd know that wasn't true!! So any criticism on that front can easily be dissuaded!! It can't affect me because in my mind I don't allow it to be true no matter what anyone says!!

  Knowing your assets, honoring them no matter what others say is a gift you give yourself! Take the focus off your negatives, and the comparisons! Instead, shine a light on your personal positives and let us revel in the unique personal beauty that is YOU inside and out!

 
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” -Lao -Tzu 



What do you like best about yourself?  
What is your best physical and non physical asset?
I want to know!!! 



This is my contributions for Paint Party Friday!

 

54 comments:

ike said...

All very true and I wish more people felt like this - then we'd all be OK. Love your colourful creations. :-)
Happy PPF !
IKE xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

beautiful and awesome paintings ....

great post! Thank you!

I am right the way I am... I learned that I have to love me and bring positive energy and love to others ..
and all shines back...

the shadows shall be there- they are also necessary to bring the life to full shine!

xxx Happy PPF!
Glad to found this great post!
xxx
FROEBELSTERNCHEN FROM AUSTRIA

ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY
MOO-MANIA-CHALLENGE

Valerie-Jael said...

Great post! What I like best about myself? The ability to fight my way back each time and start anew! Valerie

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Great post. I try really hard to have a positive outlook. I have just finished reading a book called "The Magicians Way" by William Whitecloud which has certainly helped to point me in the right direction! Happy PPF

Ritu Dua said...

Simply superb characters...and I love the captions there...I could feel that they are actually communicating ! I am trying to be spectacular each day ...in and out :)

Laura Moore said...

Love your positive outlook. Wish more people could see that the glass is half full and not half empty. Great artwork.

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Just read your comment only post today! :-) Thank you very much, you are so sweet!

I love your post, of course, so mindful. Oh what I love most about my inner self? My love for people and the world around me I guess. And the opposite is the self doubt - what a quandary! But I really work on my look at myself and the world. I want to be more positive and I am growing, I feel it ;-)

I laughed out loud at the story about your nose!

Love your art!

Happy PPF and hugs and love

Ilona

Jez said...

Wow, what a post, so much to think about. It's difficult to say out loud what we love about ourselves - no I mean myself. I've always thought my curly hair was one of my best assets - I've loved it and still do, but sadly since my operation last year it is gradually getting thinner and thinner so I have to treasure it more while I still have it. The only other one I would say out loud is that I have a lot of love, and there is always enough to encompass another person. Love makes the world go round, not money.
Your little monsters are so loveable, though they probably don't think so, we don't know what their mother said to them when they were growing up! Such amusing creatures. I love using Scribbler but haven't thought of painting them as you do - so I hope you won't mind if I have a go at your approach.
Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog. XXX

Ginny said...

Giggles, I love your brightly painted characters and the lessons they are teaching us. I believe that the more I know myself and what is really important to me, the easier it is to live the life I want to live.
What do I like about myself? I like that I have really thick hair and that I am very calm in a crisis. When things get tough I know I can handle it. Thank you for a great post.

PS I hope you keep that sunroof open whenever you can!

denthe said...

Oh, I love your funny characters! They would look great on a t-shirt! What I like best about myself? Hmm, not really sure. I think I like that I always try to see things from different viewpoints, and not judge people too fast... Love that story about your nose! Amazing and definitely a bit creepy ....

Netty said...

Your words are so true Giggles. I love your fab characters, brilliant.
Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Christine said...

your cute paintings gave me a chuckle today! Wonderful supportive post. I never think of men as having issues with how they look but it's true when I think of it.

Suzy said...

Great post and art work made me chuckle. So true, all the negative self talk and insensitive comments. I try to be encouraging to others. My granny said: if you can't say something nice, don't say anything!
Be kind in words and deeds to yourself and others. Happy PPF!

Nic McLean said...

great thought provoking post as always! I love your cute characters - we are all unique and oftern we are our own worst critics.
How amazing that guy loved your nose so much he wanted the same one - did a female nose work on his face?! I know what you mean about the nose thing - why do they keep on growing - I read that too and I'm convinved mine is changing the look of my face (that and the wrinkles and the newly developing jowls etc etc!!) I have to say I'm not dying about any of my physical attributes these days - there just seems to be more of me than there used to be, and I don't love it! I used to like my feet because they were small and feminine and they seem to be weathering the aging process better than the rest of me!

Annabelle said...

Hi Giggles,

I totally agree, especially the body image : )

Living in the +++++is key to a more complete, fulfilled life. It isn't always easy , sometimes I get caught in what I call the --- void where I simply decay and nothing good happens but luckily somehow I always end up remembering that to break away from it is to do something positive, so I work at it.

Luv the art work and their captions, specifically Brussels sprouts and water and the nose ....too funny!

Thanks for sharing a vital survival post, much appreciated....will keep it close by .
Annabelle O,O

Gloria in CA said...

Hi Giggles. Love your work. Always full of color and life. What do I like best about me? That no matter what, when things are a little rough, I can always take the time to figure what the best thing to do is. I also like me. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kim said...

That is one of my favorite quotes! Love your interpretation of it. HPPF!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Marvelous post and your creatures are amazing. Love those fishy teeth.....I truly appreciate the take on listening to the whole story of someone, we are so layered that first impressions just don't do in many cases. Thanks for the reminder. Happy PPF

Faye said...

Sherrie, this is a great post. At first I couldn't think of any assets I have. Then I remembered that I am very loyal. I must have other assets but sometimes I think my faults shout louder. I have to remember what someone told me: we are spirit, we live in a body and think with our minds. So my body may resemble a tent or an igloo, but I hope my spirit is what people really see.

Anne Manda said...

Love your fun and quirky characters and your awesome post! As for your question, I think I'm pretty positive ... <3

kat said...

Hello again, ah your funny quirky characters have such funk and style, as for those questions about physical and non physical assets..well I'm really just happy with how I am, I'm peaceful and very content and feel good in my skin and bones!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

As the father of a teenager and a college age girl, I couldn't agree more with your post. There is so much pressured placed on them by peers and the way the media represents the way they "should look like." Anyway, thank you for your whimsical characters wisdom.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

fabulous post... you always make me think... one of the things I like best about myself are the fact that I can crack my knuckles loud enough to stop traffic... it is a perfect ice breaker when things are a bit tense somewhere... quite the talent I tell you...xx

Lucy said...

Hi sher!!! LOVED this so much!! I need to share this with some friends. Your quotes and adorable characters,advice,humour and wisdom... you are so Right! This needs to be shared with everyone! haha we ALL need to be reminded of our talents, beauty for who we are. I need to email u about something else u wrote here.. so sorry I don't visit enough! I am missing out on so much talent! LOVE that einstein quote. had never read that before and WILL be sharing it in my weekly email to my students! thank u! xoxo

Tam Hess said...

I loved loved this post too. So true so insightful. You should make buttons out of those awesome monsters!! Happy ppf!!

Tam Hess said...

Forgot to answer the questions...I like my hair and art. :) hugs!!

Ayala Art said...

Oh, I love this post! And the art is hilarious, love it!
I have learned to like myself with all my contrasts and for the most part I am used to myself by now.
I think of all, I like my brain the most :oD

Elisa said...

Ahhhh I love your post sherrie! Especially these words: Knowing your assets, honoring them no matter what others say is a gift you give yourself! Take the focus off your negatives, and the comparisons! Instead, shine a light on your personal positives and let us revel in the unique personal beauty that is YOU inside and out!

What I love about myself is being an emphatic person. :)

The world could use a person like you to inspire and let them know how beautiful they are already. The important is the inner beauty! Love your character drawings too. So much fun!

Lorraine said...

great insightful post..i suppose what I like best about myself is my creativity, I am lucky that I have my health so get to go the gym regularly so I also like my fitness..happy ppf and great cartoon drawings

SAMARA said...

Hi Giggles: What a fantastic post. I hope you are a therapist, teacher (of course you are to thousands here) or something in the world where people can here "you!" I could so see a book from you with these pictures and words! They are brilliant (and your brother....hottttt!) lol the words are something all people need to hear but mostly the young - my son's girl-friends - the 15 year olds who cut, who self manipulate because they are too-anything! I appreciate your post so much. Thank you for such wisdom. Brilliant! We all have to live in the skin we are comfortable living in...that is the truth! Lovies, Samara

Jane Coquillon said...

This is such an amazing post, Giggles.
I loved how you talked about focusing on our positive attributes.

I tell my kids all the time that when you meet someone you look for the good in them, and you usually focus on what's attractive about them.
So why would someone you're having a lovely chat with be thinking "her hair is too frizzy" or "his nose is too small"?

- And people who do automatically think like that aren't going to make good friends anyway.

Hope that made sense, I'm a bit foggy tonight ;)

Take care, Jane xx

A Creative Harbor said...

Fun art and so creative and colorful! Your post, dear heart shows such an enlightened being ~ if more people were like you ~ we would have an even better world ~ lots of hugs and happiness for the weekend to you and each day ~ ^_^

Thanks for visiting ^_^

Cat Beringer said...

Wonderful post! I hope those little monsters discover how wonderful they are. I think the thing I like about myself is that I actually like small talk. Everybody hates it, but I like meeting new people and I don't mind talking about the little things.

bellefrogworks said...

When I come to visit you I feel like I've had a refreshing dip in a pool on a hot day. What fun creatures you painted and the point was made - we are all unique and need to embrace that. The Einstein quote is so wise and funny and true. HPPF

Wilme said...

Such true words! I'm reading Max Lucado - a cure for the common life - and it's exactly what you are talking about :) Our gifts are given to us to make this world a better place and everyone has a special gift to share. Love the drawings and all that color! Have a lovely weekend

JoyCorcoran said...

I so enjoy reading your posts. You're so generous with your art and insights. What an amazing nose story. I think all of our features keep changing -- it's growth, it's like. Today we are made of different cells than we were made of last year. I guess my favorite asset is my open and curious mind. Thanks for all the color you bring to our lives.

Sabina said...

These characters are too hilarious--because what they say is true. The last one with the "points" is my favorite.

Totally off topic, I love that your coworker got a new nose to match yours--how flattering!

Victoria said...

Oh my..such magical whimsical energies in all of your creative beings,.,such charisma and spirit they all hold!and that color-punch I so love!
Yes harsh judgement in the world takes away form all of the magic, love and empowerment we can shine out instead! I choose to shine out love and magic..and everyone should love and accept who they are..and be exactly as they are meant to be..it is our unique gift while we are here!I have been judged many times on my journey of life..but it has made me stronger to simply be me! why else are we here!
Beautifully written post..wisdom sparkling all throughout!
Hugs
Victoria

JKW said...

Wonderful art. . . the story about your father is so true of that era. . . .fear of what others think when it was never important. How were we to know that then. Blessings, Janet PPF

Diana Evans said...

Great lessons through colourful art!!!!! Love all of your sweet characters in their gorgeous colours and how sweet that your brother is funny and gorgeous!!!! The best trait a man can have is to be funny!!!!! Great post and thank you for the sweet words over at my blog!!!!!!!!!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!!!!!

Paper rainbow said...

This is such an Uplifting post! You fill me with positive energy! :) Sorry it has taken me a wee while to visit you from PPF, i've taken your advice and been digitally tampering! THaNk you so much!! A new door opens :) x

Janet said...

Very thought-provoking post and wonderful art! I love your quirky characters...and the story about your nose and also about your brother's lips.

I think I like my quirky hair and my ability to find the good in almost everything. I'm a positive person and try to pass that on to others. Grumbling and being negative only gets you more of the same. I say be happy!!

Carol said...

Another amazing and insightful post. The thing I love most about myself is that I always manage to bounce back....I may be down for a bit but it doesn't usually take long for me to start climbing out of the dumps and taking off again.

Zafaran said...

Really great reading your posts...The best thing was reading, focus on our strengths..it's so true...belief in ourselves comes automatically and things just begin to happen then I guess! Very positive input, and, super cool, so very original art to go with it! Loved it.

NatashaMay said...

Love your scribbles and the funny sayings. :) Great post as always. I admire your wisdom.

Rita said...

So much in this post...I can't comment on it all but waht I nice thing you did for that mom. I try not to judge people, sometimes it's hard because people are so used to making assessmens based on what you first see or hear but so often your initial impression is wrong so you really need to get to know people and situations. Thanks for making me think today...

:)
Rita

Karen Smithey said...

You are so right about all this. For me it's pretty much a continual struggle to not get down on myself--I think probably we are all like that...

Lucy said...

back again... do u mind if I borrow a few of your beautiful words for my weekly email to my zumba students?? knowing your assets and honoring them... I think women especially need to be reminded how valuable they are! also... to answer your question at the end.... i recently went to a b.d party and the host gave the b.d person her cake last. silly as this sounds, what I LOVE about me..is how considerate I am.. b.d girl first! haha only one example...but it sums up a quality I am sure of and proud of. hugs, xox

Ariel said...

What you have said is true. And there is one more thing that I've felt that is part of human nature. It is very easy for people to judge others but ask them about their own traits they might not even know them.
My physical asset is my height, I'm not even 5 feet:) that's ok as tough things come in small packages:) and I try to stick to truth as much as I can.
Have a great week
Susan

Kristin said...

You ALWAYS make me smile - and think - such a wonderful blogger you are as part of it is to share our view of the world.
Your drawings are so fun and bright - just like you!
About myself? Harder to say - but I am a very loyal and dedicated person - and I do like my eyes and nose! Yours must be wonderful - even though that compliment was a bit strange - a copied facial feature would freak me out a bit too ;) xoxo

Gloria said...

You are such a hoot and very wise at the same time! I love your colorful "misfits". Thank you for your comment on my blog. Have a great week.

minnemie said...

Love your creatures, especially the last one! You make me think... like best? Hmmm... that's tough. Maybe that I tend to somehow manage to produce a home-cooked dinner even though there seems to be nothing significant in the pantry or refrigerator... My husband calls it "resourceful". My boys always want to know if this was a recipe or "made-up food" - a kind way of saying: " oh my goodness, mom, please don't make this again!" No fear, I cannot remember how I did it, but you did get fed, didn't you? But sometimes they DO like it and want it again... but I still cannot remember how I did it! :-)

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

My dad was musically inclined too but even tho he didnt do that much with it he enjoyed making music and performing for others now and then. fun art. HPPF

lorik said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Thank you:) I agree with so much you have said, and can relate to lots too. As for your art - it makes me smile - maybe even when it shoudn't! :) And thank you for your words on my blog too:))

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