Thursday, 28 July 2011
Floor and Ceiling People
By Joanne Zimmermann
Reading from my friend’s story about the Wall People made me realize that I have Floor and Ceiling People!! I guess we all have them; I just don’t like them.
They put limits on my creative thinking and I hate that. Most artists and engineers would probably agree. How can we be expansive thinkers and the “sky is the limit” in our approach to new ideas with limitations placed on this process?
What if we had a dream to mine below current thinking to search for veins of new wisdom? We would quickly be thwarted by the “Floor Boards.”
For example, I wanted to do an art project for my church counseling center to raise awareness and also money. I love analogies. I call it, “Mosaics of the Mind.” It reminds us that we are all bits and pieces of our heredity, environment and some other parts thrown in from some junkyard in outer space, I guess.
So, it would be perfectly normal for some of those pieces or parts to fall out or need replacement from time to time. In light of this, it would not be a sign of moral failure to seek help when faced with difficulties. Quite the opposite, it would be a badge of courage. Go for some counseling and get some new pieces, new outlooks and refreshed thinking. It should not be a scary thing.
As we sit around and make little mosaics reflecting our inner selves, like a quilting bee, we could talk with one another about our lives and share some of our collective wisdom. It could even spread to sister churches to make a “grand mosaic,” said my mind, taking off for higher destinations!!
But my friend keeps asking dumb questions like, “Why?”
I tried to explain that we would have someone to talk to, like in the good old days.
“Well then,” he said, completely clapping the Ceiling Police down on my idea,
“Why would they need to go to the counseling center?”
Voila! Why indeed?
I think I will make an appointment.
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