Challenge Accepted!


In the work I create I have lots and lots of paper scraps. The bigger pieces I use in future projects, but there are some that just don’t seem worth saving. I had a friend challenge me a couple years ago to fill a glass jar with the little pieces and once the jar was full create a piece. For at little over three years I have been putting the tidbit pieces of paper into this glass jar, and this weekend it began to overflow. That is the sign I had been waiting for; it’s time to start putting them together into a new work of art.

I know how I will get started, but other than that I am not sure what direction all these tidbits of paper will take. I have thought may times as I put scraps into the jar that one day it could be an interesting piece. Now that someday has arrived I am excited and challenged to make all this into something cohesive. It may take many months to get it done, and I am ready to get going.

When was the last time you were challenged to do something where you were not certain of the outcome? You agreed to play along, not knowing how anything might end? It is good to have people in our lives who challenge us to grow our skills, challenge our assumptions, or even push us beyond where we thought we were capable of going. I was open to a new idea from someone who did nothing like what I do; her fresh perspective and unencumbered ideas gave me an interesting goal. Each time I put a tidbit into the jar I thought of her, the possibilities, the unknown, and imagined what it all might look like once it was put together.

Maybe you need to be the friend who challenges someone else? Maybe you need to encourage someone to push themselves beyond their current boundaries. Maybe your idea is the one that sparks something new and exciting for the person who needs a little nudge. We all need to be supported, pushed and nudged every once in a while. Maybe today is the day you do that for someone else, or someone does it for you. Whichever way it goes, the response needs to be Challenge Accepted!

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