Following Martha’s blog about the struggle with “giving up the craft”, I was reminded of the Ojibwe Wisdom: “Agaamashkode Debwe” >> “Across the Fire Speaks the Truth”.
Normally, this Wisdom, for me, speaks of listening to other people, respecting their perspective, and adding it to your own for a more complete understanding of the Truth. But in this case, it holds Wisdom in another way. As you sit around the fire there is room for all creative expressions, all creative interpretations, and creations.
We each hold our own view of beauty, design, and creativity. There is room for all. The main reason that I love the “collaboration creations” challenges is that even though we are all creating using the same design elements, everyone’s interpretations and creations are different, unique, personalized – and beautiful! AND – And there are people out there interested in YOUR unique expression of beauty.
While on this subject of creativity, I recently participated in a training series by Aaron Paquette, and First Nations artist. He talked about our natural gifts, talents, and passions, and how we should/can/need to honour these gifts by giving them back to the world. When you have been given the gift of creating beauty through jewelry-making (or whatever form of expression), you honour your Self and your journey by using the gift/talent/skill. To deny it is like denying your Being.
Don’t let the fire within burn out – contribute to the fire. Agaamashkode Debwe!