Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You are what you think you are ~ What do you think you are?

In her book Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine, artist and author, Sandra Magsamen tells this story: 

"I heard a great story of an English art therapist, Edward Adamson, who asked a group of high-school-age children to look at a brick and write down as many things as they could imagine the brick being used for. Some children had no problem, easily writing a hundred ideas. Other children struggled, so he asked those children to close their eyes and imagine that they were eccentric artists known for their creative flair. Once they had an image of themselves as innovative, artsy people, he asked them to open their eyes and again look at the brick and write down all the things the brick could become. This time, the children overflowed with ideas. The difference was they now say themselves as "artists." "

In the story, the children became what they imagined themselves to be. What are you telling yourself you are not? What can you imagine yourself to be? I invite you to explore these questions and experiment with them if you like. I would love to hear your thoughts and the results of your experiments. Pictures would be fun too! ~ Blessings, Janet


  1. It's All Good!

    I'm getting this book as it looks like a fabulous find. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am a wonderful, talented, woman of God... I need to tell myself that more often....

  3. Love the cover of the book. It reminds me of American Artist Jasper Johns.

  4. Wonderful idea! I seem to imagine how bricks can be so useful just like us - we just need to think like an artist. Thanks! I'm your newest follower.

  5. This is very good ! I like that because it is true that we limit ourselves all the time ! i will think about this ! Fun !
    LOVE your blog and writing !
    Come say hi and follow me back ! Coming from the blog hop !

  6. Hello! I am your newest follower from a Wednesday Blog Hop! I'd love it if you would follow back at one or all four of my blogs :)


    Have a great week!