Attaining your wings

 Posted by on April 18, 2014  Add comments
Apr 182014
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“You are not meant for crawling, so don't.  You have wings.  Learn to use them, and fly.”
~ Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi, 13th century

This image pleases me greatly.  At first I didn't know why.  I've printed and framed it and have looked at it often.  Finally it dawned on me that what I was seeing were my ” wings “.  This was one of the last images I'd made for an exhibition I'd entitled “Kaleidoscope”.  It was a body of work that was so joyful to create, print and frame.  In the process I finally recognised that I had, at last, given myself permission to please no one but myself.  I was beginning to learn to forget about what other people saw as impressive, great, or beyond the limits of what they thought I could achieve.  I had begun to focus on what I really wanted to do and had the potential for.
If I am too eager to please others and 'fit in' with public expectations, then I'll never discover what a situation  might actually yield. I'm playing with ideas – pushing them to their extremes sometimes; going a little further to see what's possible. 

I have been given some advice – ” Cultivate curiosity and fascination. Don't divert time or energy desperately 'believing in yourself', because your focus is not on you, anyway.  Forget about the end results and focus on the actual doing of what it is that intrigues you. ” 
You know what your wings are? Your unique manoeuvring-skill through life?  It’s right there within me. I'm the only one who can find out first-hand. Even if someone else could see that beautiful thing inside of me, I still need to fetch it myself. I possess my own soul, mind, and body. No one else can reach in and pull anything out of me.
I will attain my own wings.

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  5 Responses to “Attaining your wings”

  1. ‘Getting my wings’ was an incredibly
    important thing for me and I love that you have given me a whole new take on it.
    Im looking forward to one day seeing this picture for real.

  2. You have said beautiful words which are very important in achieving one’s own self belief and self esteem. This image is a wonderful creation

  3. Inspirational. Thank you Pauline!

  4. Beautiful image and words. I think one thing wings do is give the ability to fly above that which sucks you down. I think you already have your wings Pauline. In your work you show a lightness that is uplifting.

  5. Very beautiful, complex and light. The camera looks both ways? Then this is a very special self portrait.

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