Thursday, October 11, 2007

Letting Go

"Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong." Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.)

The last day or two I’ve been thinking about controlling. Controlling as in trying to fix things, coerce other people into making the decisions I think they should make, trying to anticipate every ‘what if’…etc, etc, etc…ad naseum….

I always feel the most centered and in control (now there’s a paradox) when I keep out of situations that need to run their own course and keep out of lives that need to be lived by the people they belong to (for sure their lives don’t belong to me). A gentle touch, a soft smile or an encouraging nod is really all that’s needed in many situations where our loved ones are trying to find their way.

The first piece above is some free form stitching and embroidery I started doing one night. The second piece is the third in my cairns series that morphed into a symbolic image of an adult letting go of a child.


Deb Lacativa said...

Something about the free form embroidery makes me think of sacred heart imagery.

Dixie Redmond said...

I hear you about the letting go part. I am having to do that little by little, and sometimes lots by lots. I love this piece.

PaMdora said...

You do such nice embroidery! I did some a long time ago, but haven't in ages. Nice mix!

h-bomb said...

hmmm, could you be talking about me?

i love you, mom. can't wait to see you tomorrow.