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In first grade, Mr. Lohr said my purple wasn't realistic enough, that purple was no color for a tent, that purple was for people who died, that my drawing wasn't good enough to hang with the others. I walked back to my my seat counting the swish-swishes of my baggy corduroy trousers. With a black crayon, nightfall came to my purple tent in the middle of the afternoon.
In second grade, Mr. Bara said, "Draw anything." He didn't care what. I left my paper blank, and when he came around to my desk, my heart beat like a tom-tom while he touched my head with his big hand and in a soft voice said, "The snowfall. How clean and white and beautiful."
Every child is an artist, The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up. ~ Pablo Picasso
Yet, I forget. I myself have heard many.
Both positive and not-so-positive.
They've all rooted. And, yet somehow I still forget the impact.
This story of Picasso was discovered in a book I've been reading - having to do with raising your family and while I think it proves a good point...in how his art was received as a child. His ending comment, proves he didn't let the first teacher take him down. It also proves the second teacher built him up.
Couldn't this very well be taken as it relates to the written word, as well? In particular, how this plays out for me is that my kids and my spouse will hear me speak words to their souls that only builds them up. I know they'll get the ones that tear down, as well, because I'm human and for those - I'm so sorry.
If your reading here. My prayer is that you find encouragement and hope!
What matters with the words you and I say and the words we write... is that we ultimately care about the audience of ONE!
Unfortunately, I don't always remember that either. So, when we sing this song at church - I sing it as yet another prayer of mine.... take a listen!
How about you? Are you and I in the same boat? I hope I'm not alone in this struggle... of failing to speak life and hope more than I do! I want to speak encouraging words that build up and bless. So, I humbly ask you for your prayers on this one and I in turn will keep you in prayer, as well.
Your thoughts, please?
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Linking this post with Finding the Grace Within and the Tuesday @ Ten link-up! Tuesday @ Ten's prompt was : write