The sketchnotes above are from week 3 of the 8-week self-care course for parents and caregivers, called The Groundwork. One of the coolest things about creating The Groundwork was getting to collaborate with my dear friend, Sherrill Knezel. Sherrill has been a colleague and mentor of mine, who both teaches visual art and is a graphic recorder.. I share her fascination of the synergy that images have with big ideas. It's so much easier for the mind to grasp a big, new idea when it has an image to attach to. I love big ideas!
Forgiveness is a big idea. It's one of those ideas that seems so big as to be pretty abstract. Abstract enough to be able to tell myself that I don't have any forgiveness work to do. Mother and Father forgiveness: check! Every time I second-guess myself, though, every time I fall asleep replaying the events of the day, scanning for the little things I could have said differently, is my signal there is work to do. Our innate creativity is waiting behind the forgiveness work. It's one of the fastest ways back to the present moment and that's where creativity lives. Creativity can be another big idea that sounds pretty and like something other people have. All people have it, absolutely everyone. Human beings are made to create, to make something from nothing, and to the extent that we express it in our own way we feel aligned and on purpose with life.
Do you lose your patience with your loved ones and then spin into a shame spiral that ruins the day? Have you pinned things on pinterest or pulled ideas out of magazines that excite you and you just don't have the energy to do them? Do you fall asleep replaying your day, picking out the places you could have done better? If you're feeling stuck in patterns that just don't feel good anymore, may I introduce you to forgiveness.
Here's the link to more information about The Groundwork, starts this Fall!