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Painted Rocks: A Hidden Treasure For Inspiration
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They can be found anywhere and everywhere. So often we just pass them by and don’t give a second thought to the potential that exists from a relationship we can create with ordinary rocks.
Yes, rocks have great potential!
From serving as a canvas to having significant meaning for us, rocks can provide a sense of purpose, give us a reason to collaborate, and allow us to express ourselves during pivotal moments in our lives.
Painted Rocks: A Hidden Treasure For Inspiration
1. How It All Started
I was hiking on a Saturday evening a few weeks ago. I didn’t want to go hiking due to my phobia with snakes and my friend was taking me to the mountain trail where rattlesnakes are residents and I’m not trying to step in their territory. I was also reluctant because, I admit; I’m lazy and rather eat.
I knew that my hesitations were juvenile and decided to accept the invite and just go.
I put the idea of looking for heart shaped rocks in my head as a way to give this hiking thing a sense of purpose for me. I had done this before with my children. We would get outside, take a walk, and look for unique rocks that maybe resembled something familiar or just reminded us of something distinctive.
So long story short, I gathered 8 rocks that somewhat resemble hearts. I suspect that I decided on “heart” as being the shape of choice in my hunt, because the friend inviting me is also my childhood crush. I have been smitten about him since second grade.
2. From Rocks To Painted Rocks
He thought it was silly as I kept my eyes glued to the ground during the hike. Needless to say, I collected them, took them home, washed them and decided to color them and make each one unique and add definition, turning them into painted rocks. I have them displayed as a nice memento of the occasion and it didn’t cost me anything.
I’ve grown to appreciate more of the simple things, such as painted rocks, over the past few years. When financial burdens take hold and kids just stare bored expecting to be entertained, I figured rock gathering and decorating, was a nice way to get the family involved in an activity that could be done together.
3. How Painted Rocks Inspired Me
Now that I look back at the idea, rocks are the “take-a ways” to remember those cherished times. I’ve collected little round rocks that I painted into a ladybug family. I’ve written song lyrics, quotes, jokes, and used them in all kinds of ways… from paperweights and door stoppers to centerpieces and labels; rocks have been instrumental in helping me when times get tough.
If you search “rock art” on Google, you will find amazing creations. As you can see I’m no Picasso but I’d like to think I can get by making creations that don’t embarrass my kids too much. Rocks can serve as a gift when there isn’t one to afford. Depending on what you do with that rock it can be something meaningful if you intentionally want to express that.
To follow up on that not so bad hike, I decided to express a sentiment from that day and wanted to do something that said I cared.
I already sent him the first rock and when he received it, he chuckled and took it to keep as a memento.
I’m going to give him a rock each time I see him until he has them all.
I’m hoping he will get a hint as to how I feel and hopefully initiate a date or something.
Worst thing that can happen is he’ll toss them aside somewhere and if that happens then I’ll accept it and simply move on.
Based on his reaction to receiving the first one, I think he’s like what I did.
It’s pretty neat to view this rock idea as a pre-screener to see if the guy finds meaning in simple things. Just as my kinds find the joy in rock hunting and making memories happen, so will the new guy in my life. He will have to be someone that can appreciate the simple things. Rocks are a hidden treasure I recommend discovering for you.
Share this story with your friends and family, so they can get inspired, or, even inspire you with their own painted rocks.
Desiree Espinoza. After seventeen years teaching & coaching, I am at a pivotal point in my life where making a meaningful dent in the world is my goal & this I’m hoping to accomplish through teaching, inspiring & helping others. I’ve been working on a project to open a nonprofit charter school for high functioning autistic children: The Animal School Learning Institute, & have been gradually gathering the pieces necessary to make it possible.
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But, I came across this great quote which I like as a Drawing and Painting Artist amateur and Art Critic.
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent van Gogh
See if you can agree and appreciate the Great Artist.
द्यदालिखति मनः आशावर्तिकाभीः हृदयफलके ।
तत्तद्बाल इव विधिर्निभृतं हसित्वा प्रोञ्छति ॥
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भारोऽविवेकिनः शास्त्रं भारो ज्ञानं च रागिणः ।
अशान्तस्य मनो भारः भारोऽनात्मविदो वपुः ॥
– योगवासिष्ठ, वैराग्य
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A person who enjoys worldly pleasures finds knowledge heavy and unbearable.
A restless man finds his mind heavy.
If one does not know his self, he will find his body heavy.
- Yogavasishta, Vairagya
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The Master Appears when the Pupil is ready.
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- When the mentor is Selfless,
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I came across this article which I quote – I found this very motivating and cleared some of my own cobwebs about the business.
“As a professional speaker, I am passionate about what people who book speakers think makes a great speaker.”
That is why – at the Asia Professional Speakers Convention 11-12 May that I am chair of this year – we have a panel of three buyers of speaker services sharing about just that. Check out www.AsiaProfessionalSpeakersConvention.com if you are interested.
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I asked him: “What makes a great speaker great?”
“The ability to articulate a different perspective in a way that is engaging.”
Sometimes a short, precise sentence is the only thing you need to be reminded of what is important.
As a speaker is your message different?
Are you giving a new perspective?
Are you articulating this message in the best way?
And do you do it in a way that is engaging?
If you answer “yes” to all these four questions you are on your way to becoming a great speaker, now work on getting even better at all four. If your answer – honestly! – is “no” or “a bit” or “perhaps” or “I think so” etc, then put all your effort on fixing that one thing that is missing.
Personally, I think the one thing I need to work most on is “articulate”. As a non-native English speaker speaking almost exclusively in English I constantly struggle to use a more nuanced vocabulary in my speeches.
What is the thing you need to work more on?”