Caterpillar Contemplations

"What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly." Lao Tzu

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Lift me up!

I’ve heard it said before, many times, but like most people I only listen when my head has been thumped against a wall and my eyes begin to see red.
It’s been said by Oprah:
“Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher”
It’s been said by the incredible man I interviewed for a journalism profile.
“The state of mind is such an amazingly strong tool. It’s scary really. That’s why successful people surround themselves with other successful people.”
And now I find it in an email from a friend … some chap Scott is a very passionate bloke whose number #1 rule is to:
They’re all right of course. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to learn. I originally heard it in my early 20’s and I don’t think I truly understood what it would mean for me, but now I do.
Passion, positive outlook, love, motivation, success (obviously a subjective thing) all give a certain resonance … a vibration … an ethereal flow that, when a few people are together, enlightens and lifts all to become more – more of whatever it is that we want to be.
My son is one of these people. He gets passionate, his imagination knows no bounds and he believes he is capable of doing it all (well – now that he can read and ride a bike he thinks he can conquer the world). He had costume day at school last Friday and he wanted to go as the boy from Graeme Base’s, The Legend of the Golden Snail – which is about a boy with an incredible imagination. If you follow that link you’ll notice that Graeme base also did the composition and music for that video – I mean really – he can write and draw, isn’t that enough for one man?
So, I launched myself into costume production mode (I LOVE making costumes), bought the book and thought about how to make the boys hat. Finally I came up with a workable idea … which was then followed by props – a compass and a telescope, a treasure chest and the loan of a stuffed cat (toy not real stuffed dead cat). Gabriel was in his creative, imaginative element and kept looking for MORE things to make from the book – which brings me back to my original discussion, this amazing energy that we were sharing gives me a fantastic example of surrounding myself with good people. Of course, I’m fortunate he is my son – you guys will have to find your own little creative genius to make costumes for.
I have made some positive moves towards this very thing but there is always room for more. So I’m just putting this out there (into the universe), in writing (which makes it more powerful apparently) that I want to surround myself with passionate, creative, successful, inspirational, supportive people!
Wow! That was quick – I hear a knock at the study door. Oh! It’s the dog. Oh well, she counts as one.