There’s a chalkboard sign on my desk that reads “What you THINK you become. What you FEEL you attract. What you IMAGINE you create. – Buddha”. This little sign has prompted many a good daydreaming thought sessions, particularly with what I let myself think and feel. Last year, I started binge watching Sons of Anarchy with the goal of making it through all 7 sevens. After a few episodes, I began to notice myself feeling a lot more jumpy in public. After watching a few seasons, I was a nervous wreck while running. The roar of a passing motorcycle sent chills down my spine.
Of all the gifts I received over the years, there are several books that were literally life changing and would make fantastic graduation gifts. One of those books was How to Dress for Success by Edith Head. This book changed my entire approach to fashion, shopping, personal style and gently nudged me on the path towards minimalism.
As the one year anniversary of my Grandma's passing creeps slowly closer, I've been drawn subconsciously to all things reminiscent of her. During the months after her passing, I found myself dialing her number on the way home from work to share a funny story or searching in a drawer for the perfect postcard to mail. Catching myself in these moments hurt deeply and I had to delete her phone number from my contacts using my laptop. It felt too intimate, too personal somehow to do this on the phone itself. While these moments have mercifully ceased, the other day, I found myself drawn to a section in the library that held all of the books my Grandma read with me as a little girl.
My absolute favorite children's book of all time is the 1936 classic, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. My grandmother read it to me as a child and I've read it to Huck as least 1000 times in the last few years. History has it that Leaf wrote the story in a single afternoon as a way to help his friend, Robert Lawson, showcase his artistic talent. The book was a hit, and at $1 per copy the 1938 sales topped those of the ever popular Gone with the Wind. The Story of Ferdinand has never been out of print despite the many political waves this little story has caused.