Sunday, September 18, 2005

Breaking Ground

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." -– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Soon I begin a new experiment. I'll be testing the very limits of my own courage by beginning a new career (in addition to the things I already do). It's not that I'm inexperienced - I've got extensive knowledge and practice in the field I've chosen - it's that it draws from very personal skills: My creativity. As most artists of any kind will tell you, we are our own worst critics!

The best part of the whole thing is that it's multi-faceted. It both caters to my need to create and to my fickle attention span. It allows me to start small and progress to a quite large goal in a rather moderate time frame.

The following article was in a forum, and is most likely one of those passed around as a chain letter. This is one of the few I've found relevant and very touching:

By the time the Lord made woman, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"

And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable and able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a lap that can hold four children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart-and she will do everything with only two hands."

The angel was astounded at the requirements. "Only two hands!? No way! And that's just on the standard model? That's too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."

"But I won't," the Lord protested. "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days."

The angel moved closer and touched the woman. "But you have made her so soft, Lord."

"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?", asked the angel.

The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate."

The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak," the Lord corrected, "that's a tear!"

"What's the tear for?" the angel asked.

The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride."

The angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Woman is truly amazing."

And she is! Women have strengths that amaze men. They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without so their family can have. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their hearts break when a friend dies. They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning. They bring joy, hope and love. They have compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.


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I know you're going to want to ask, but don't. This one's for me. Due to certain privacy issues, I will limit my updates to the gauging of my successes. To those of you who know: Shhhh! You're privileged with the information, so please respect it. And thank you all for the support you give me!


Anonymous said...

Are you going to post more details on this exciting new experiment/career?

chanemza said...

I was pretty clear that no, I'm not. This is my project for the time being. When I'm ready to go into more detail, I'll do so. The people who know me know all about it. For the people who don't, it's none of your business.

Thanks for dropping by, "Hans".