Monday Musing ~ The Art of Politics

President Obama
President Obama
Caricature  [kar-i-kuh-cher]  Noun:  a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

I enjoy political humor. Sometimes comic relief is the only way to survive the long political season.  So, as another political season comes to a close I thought I’d share my caricature sketches with my blogosphere friends.

Let me extend my apologies to President Obama for this caricature sketch of him. I drew it back in 2012 when he was still smoking. Fast-forward to present day and we lose the cigarette and add some gray hair and laugh lines. It’s amazing how much our presidents age while in office. That said, he’s young, at 55, and I believe some of his best years, and best work are ahead of him.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
The caricature sketch of Hillary is from a few years back as well. Although she’s added a few more laugh lines, whether you support her or not, she’s to be admired for her ambition and tenacity.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
In my caricature sketch of Trump, his mouth is closed – my personal preference where he is concerned. Enough said.

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Monday Musing ~ Who’s your Drama?

DRAMA

Got drama? If not, you have the power to create your own.

But the real question is – do you want drama or do you want peace? You may be surprised to find that often you’ll choose drama. The choice isn’t right or wrong but it is just that – a choice. I confess to enjoying my soap opera, escaping into the drama of another world. It’s not my drama, but I’m entertained watching fictionalized drama.

As for personal drama, I try to avoid it. Most of my drama is a solo affair. My drama is self-inflicted by my own thoughts,speculations, and assumptions. One of the fastest ways to get my mind in drama making mode is to create a void, a lack of information – not knowing or only having half the story causes my imagination to go into overdrive and come up with the worst case scenario.

Drama is the ego’s art form and the ego wants a stage and an audience. Our egos are notorious for taking everything personally!  If we believe we’ve been slighted, we go into defense mode. Often times the things we’re offended by weren’t even aimed at us but we lash out anyway because our ego wants the limelight of center stage.

According to Eckhart Tolle, there is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. Being right requires others to be wrong, further adding to the ego’s sense of superiority.

So how do you get your ego in line and minimize  your self-induced drama? In one word, mindfulness.  When we’re centered in the present moment the ego falls away.

Now, back to the question in the title of this post, “Who’s your Drama”….can you guess?

Yep, you guessed it – YOU!  We create, invite and attract drama to our lives.  If you don’t believe that, pay attention next time you find yourself embroiled in drama. Take a deep breath, pull back from the situation and see it for what it really is, your ego on the stage, beating its chest and insisting you’re right and others are wrong. When you hear yourself defending your position or find yourself offended by something someone said – that’s your ego, in a soap opera of its own making.

Remember, you always have a choice, peace or drama. Choose wisely.

~ Namaste

 

 

Monday Musings ~ Paperbag Mini Albums

These mini albums are made from lunch sacks – paper bags. I have made more than I can count and given many as gifts over the years. They are time-consuming to make by hand, but so rewarding when you finish.  Mostly they are used as mini photo albumns.

More recently I’ve been using the paper bag mini albums to create wisdom books for friends and family. There are several good tutorials on YouTube, just search for mini albums or paper bag album. I really enjoy Kathy Orta King’s tutorials, so I’ll add a link here.

Paper bag mini album
Paper bag mini album
Inside the mini album
Inside the mini album