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Creation is a remedy

Creation is a remedy

Some days, creativity helps you heal.

Yesterday was among those days. After a restless night beset by all sorts of peculiar dreams, I woke up yesterday morning with heavy emotions, ones which instantly triggered a sense of confusion and uncertainty. Needless to state, eager children were awaiting my presence in class that morning, so setting those feelings aside as a means of getting through my day was imperative. As a result, uneasiness lingered. When I came home, I couldn’t sit still and felt the urge to remain occupied.

So, the thought of making a paper butterfly, then share its photo on my Instagram page along with a marginally inspirational quote came to mind.

A quote that related to the feelings which plagued me all day and one that would provide assistance with internal resolution. This newfound sense of eagerness encouraged hopping off the couch and heading directly to my paper cabinet. I fumbled through my paper stacks and pulled out the first bit of paper my hands came into contact with. Standing in my kitchen, I started cutting then paused for a moment and examined all the shapes that lined the top of my kitchen counter. None of them looked like a butterfly, but definitely encompassed the characteristics of something else.

Still set on making a butterfly, I layered them, fitting minuscule strips of paper into places until that “something” started taking shape, but it still looked nothing like a butterfly.

As a matter of fact, at this point, I found it best to relinquish the butterfly conception and just let creativity lead the way. Unsure about the final shape, I grabbed my phone and googled a few different animals/insects it looked like until I found the moth. Then I chose to learn more about this creature as my intention when I craft is to find ways of creating alternate activities or ones inspired by it.

After reading, I discovered that moths actually evolved long before butterflies and are believed to have evolved along with flowering plants. More importantly, they maintain a relationship with bright celestial light, such as the moon, which helps them fly in a straight line. - Wikipedia

Fascinating information, which led me to believe that there is a reason why my butterfly turned into a moth. Like the moth, I too needed to move towards the light so that I could find my center and fly in a straight line once again. Thanks to this ingenious outlet, I was able to release my heavy emotions. With my hands and intuition to thank, clarity found its way when I least expected it and a few minutes of creativity was clearly a much-needed remedy.


Take a look!

After assembling the moth, I stripped it down and decided to film a video of the process. Despite the fact that I placed the moth’s legs on the top of the abdomen, there was something about its placement that made me keep it the way it was. That’s the beauty of creativity. You are the artist and it’s all about your perspective.

Find your light,

Tiva

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