Yesterday my blog sister Louise at Recover Your Joy posted a quote that startled me and set me to thinking:
When I was a child my mother said to me,
'If you become a soldier,
you'll be a general.
If you become a monk,
you'll be the pope.'
Instead I became a painter
and wound up as Picasso.
-- Pablo Picasso
I missed the class that taught me how to truly appreciate Picasso's art … but his words often blow open a closed door in my mind.
Think about this quote which is wise on so many levels.
Would Picasso have become Picasso if his mother hadn't opened the world to him?
Why don't we hear more about his mother? What manner of woman must she have been to say such words to her child, to lay endless paths of possibilities before him?
What might we do with those words in our own lives? Is it possible that, even if our own mothers did not quite paint such endless possibilities for us, that we could, even now, mother ourselves?
Could we say those words that give us the permission to go to the far reaches of our own possibilities, to step fully into our own authentic selves?
We don't have to be a general or a pope … we don't even have to be a ground-shifting artist … but what a gift it would be ... could be ... to be wholly, jubilantly our own selves.
About this image: Awakening
when things seem quiet,
when nothing is moving,
when all seems dormant,
the blue light of tomorrow