Category: Children & Creativity



We received a wonderful letter that we’d like to share with The Lifeboard Community. We hope it will inspire you as it did us! xo, The Lifeboard Team

 
Dear Sue, Linda, and Eva:

I just wanted to write you to tell you formally how much I appreciate the creative and wonderful things I have been able to accomplish with The Lifeboard, for myself, and others.

I have gifted the Lifeboard to several friends and family members and recommended it to women in my networking groups, however, the greatest impact I have had is using The Lifeboard in my creative writing workshops for Kindergarten through 5th grade at my daughter’s school.

I needed the quiet and thought the kids would do well to have some of their stress lifted; and be told what they can do instead of what they can’t do. Well, the kids have made huge breaks through in their thinking, their esteem, and their interest in their own ideas. I am so proud to have been the one who got to tell each of these children that they are absolutely PERFECT and that they need not believe anyone who tells them otherwise. I got to tell them they have a choice in what they believe about themselves, and I got to witness the laughter, smiles, and visions of these little souls, just beginning to see their own lights.

Thank you for the tool of The Lifeboard so that I could create a bridge for possibility for over 100 children who have been told to be quiet and stop doing this or that way too many times. It was great to give permission to enjoy, celebrate, experience, grow.

So many kids could see themselves grown and happy and bigger and safer as a result of the visualization and meditation DVD. It has been a gift for me that I thoroughly enjoy sharing with others.

-Penina

 

I have a hard time understanding why anyone would prefer to work as a team of one rather than lock arms and minds and be creative with others.

Firstly, it’s a lot more fun. Secondly, you don’t take 100% of the blame if things go south.

Seriously, I just find the creative process amazing. I don’t know if it’s because I lack confidence in my own choices sometimes or if I am smart enough to realize that maybe I just DON’T have all the answers.

For me, throwing out an idea and seeing where someone else’s imagination can go with it is a thrill. Their contribution inspires me to think in new directions and my contribution encourages them to do the same. What comes out of the mix is magic.

I have been called a control freak by many, but I learned from flying that if you are in an airplane and you are in a critical situation, a death grip on the yoke will lead to just that…crash and burn. We can over control. We can under control/contribute, as well. Each can lead to an unsatisfactory result.

So, take a look at how you operate in the world. Are you open to others? Are you willing to be wrong? To change? Will you acknowledge someone else’s ideas and share the wealth? Weren’t we always better when we played well with others? We may be all grown up, but teamwork, if you ask me, is still the answer.

When baby elephants are trained, they are tethered to a stake in the ground which prevents them from escaping. At first the elephant persistently struggles to get away but the stake is much stronger and the elephant soon learns it will not succeed, regardless of its efforts. As the elephant grows, the stake is replaced with a simple wooden stake that can easily be pulled from the ground. But oddly enough the elephant will not try to escape because it no longer questions its limitations.  It refuses to put forth effort where failure is surely the outcome….even though if it tried as an adult it could easily pull up the stake and run free.

We all have “stuff” in our lives that keep us tethered to our own imaginary stakes. Those stakes of fear and doubt are often easily removed if we choose and take action. The most exciting question you can ask yourself is where will YOU go after you escape the circus of fear and doubt?

Tell us your dreams!

Best,

Eva

Sometimes progress is easy and it just flows………sometimes.  More often than not we are met with obstacles.

Well, we hit ours at a million miles an hour, the two of us, Eva and Sue.  Idea’s flying like crazy, all over the place, all leading to…..THE BRICK WALL.

So what did we do?  We started writing this blog to help us get around, over, under, and through our creative obstacles.  Sometimes it’s hard to know when to temporarily walk away and take a deep breath. 

One never knows where inspiration will originate or when it will strike.  What we do know is that every time we hit “the wall” it’s not failure, it’s feedback.  We all must stop, reflect, and learn …and then continue the journey, whatever that may be.

 So what do you do when you hit your “BRICK WALL”?  Does it break you or do you eventually break through?

The only way we don’t make progress …is if we stop.  Don’t quit before pay day. 

You never know what lies on the other side of the wall.

Best!

Eva and Sue

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