Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May Synchroblog - Words

It's time for the first Artists Synchroblog post!

The Artists Synchroblog is a group of bloggers who post every other month on the same topic, sharing our experience or perspective. (On alternate months we undertake a Pinterest Project where we each take inspiration from a pinterest picture, create something (art, a meal, a DIY project, etc) and then post about it.)

This month's topic is:

WORDS HAVE MEANING “A quote to live by/favorite saying”

I have to admit, I struggled with this.

YES, words have meaning. But is there a quote that I LIVE by? I'm not sure there is. I don't have one of those: "My momma used to say...." quotes.

I do have a few favorite verses of scripture that I return to. That speak volumes to me. And there are some song lyrics that I love. And various sayings here and there from books and famous folks, and some from some not-so-famous folks.

And I have been pondering what might be special enough for this Synchroblog post and just wasn't set on anything - and then, just earlier today I ran across something that jumped out at me and has stuck with me.

It comes from a thesis written by Rachel Timmins - her Masters thesis deals with concepts of home, comfort, belonging, and maybe more central, NOT belonging. She explores the topic in a honest, informative, and creative way (and she created a lot of AMAZING jewelry in the process). In her thesis she writes:

"I was here. Remember me"

This stopped me in my reading. It just spoke to me.  

It's so simple and yet also rather profound because it's so central to all of humanity.

I was here.

We all want to leave a mark.

Remember me.

We don't want to be forgotten. We want our life to matter. And so in a way speaks to 'meaning'. We want our life to have meaning.

It's personal - inward focused. Don't waste time. LIVE so there is evidence we were here. "tag" the world.

But. It also spoke to me with an outward focused. Open my eyes and SEE people --- acknowledge that they are HERE. That they matter - no one is insignificant.

And to especially see the 'other'. Those who stand outside the gates of our culture, at the edges of our community. Those who don't conform, who are 'different' - those who are perhaps easy to dismiss and maybe therefore forget.

No one should be forgotten.

Over the next few weeks I'll share some of the other quotes, sayings, etc that have been hanging out in my head for a while. :)

What are some quotes or sayings that stick with you? Share with us in the comments below! 

and don't forget to visit the other Artists Synchrobloggers this month: