This is EXACTLY what we do when we create pieces of art to release or abandon to the world! Such a fun activity! But first…
I feel the need to apologize for my blogging tardiness, which I KNOW is a big “no-no” when trying to keep current readers or drawing in new ones to your site. Not wise for an experienced blogger unless they announce a hiatus in advance, but potential death (a bit dramatic, but you know what I mean) to someone just beginning. My excuse? Well, I have to admit to going through a dry spell that threatened to de-rail me. It seemed that just as things were beginning to green up outdoors and signs of new life were bursting out all over, tiny seeds of doubt, self-criticism, and second-guessing myself, like bad weeds, were trying to wedge themselves into the fertile soil of my dreams.
Huh? What was this all about? I had a vision! I took the BIG RISK! I did the groundwork! I put myself OUT there!! As an introvert, this was (for me) HUGE! With resilience as my companion, I stumbled my way through cancellations, rejection and minor detours, picked myself up and carried on. That’s what we’re supposed to do – right?
Well, yes, but…first we have to FEEL them! Feel the disappointment, the hurt, the sting – cry, journal, paint – EXPRESS those feelings rather than stuffing them down deep, where they’re bound to take root and re-surface at some later time. Just goes to show that we can be blind to our own needs, and remiss in following our own advice. Self-care is SO important! I’ve had to back-track a bit…acknowledge and express those feelings that I didn’t allow room for at the time. Release and let them go. Yes!
Passing it forward, releasing art, art abandonment – all are names that describe a movement of kindness and generosity, an act or intention of giving something away without expectation of recognition or reward. In this case, to create pieces of art and leave them in public locations to be found by random individuals – a simple act of kindness with a word or quote that just might make someone’s day.
Artist and author Michael deMeng says, “The funny thing is that it is addictive; once you start abandoning art you find yourself wanting to abandon more. We all know that “all the world’s a stage”…well, now, it seems that all the world’s a gallery, as well.”
Personally, I prefer the term ‘release’ to ‘abandon’ – the latter is often perceived as negative while the first is not. I looked up their definitions and both apply, so I guess it’s a matter of preference:
re-lease: to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go; to free from anything that restrains, fastens; a freeing or releasing from confinement, emotional strain, etc.
a-ban-don: to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert: to give up; discontinue; withdraw from: to give up control of; to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation.
Over at 6 Degrees of Creativity, under The Creative Deeds Project, many are engaged in creative pay-it-forward projects. Do check it out! I plan on getting more involved…perhaps join the Self-Care group?…hmmm.
For now, I’m LOVING this practice of creating ATC’s with words of inspiration and encouragement, then leaving them in different locations in the city to be ‘accidentally’ found. There’s an element of trust and synchronicity in the process – in both the maker and the finder – not knowing where they’ll end up, or who will find them, but trusting that the ‘right’ person will.
Give it a try…it’ll make your heart smile, and perhaps bring a smile to someone else too. 🙂