I created this collage** at Lake Isabella over Thanksgiving . . . I was drawn to these images of three strong women. They lived a century apart. Each of them had something important to say to me.
There's Helen Keller on the left, born in 1880 - deaf, blind and wild as a child. She learned sign language and became a world-renowned lecturer, activist and author.
"I cannot do everything", she said,"But still I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do." She wrote: "The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming."
I love Edna St. Vincent Millay. Born in 1913, Millay was a passionate activist who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. They said she had 'brooding intelligence and a biting wit!" Remember her lines?
"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night:
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --
It gives a lovely light."
LOOK - there's Tina Turner, vibrant and spicy - reading a novel . . . She's Rock's most glamorous singer! I'm not a fan of Rock, but I love her crazy dancing and she's still doing it at 74!
What do each of these Tough Cookies have to teach me? At first glance . . .
1. My physical ills are NOTHING compared with Helen Keller's. I hope to bear mine with grace - and celebrate LIFE!
2 Life is full of love and loss - Millay lived fast and hard, but passionately. She said YES to life.
3. I'm older than Tina Turner, but There's a dance in the old dame yet!
**SoulCollage* is a marvelous process developed by psychologist/author Seena Frost. You create a 'deck' of collage cards from magazine images. The cards become a visual journal offering insights and surprises as you paste together the images you are drawn to in the moment. I am a SoulCollage facilitator, and often create collages for my own edification and creative pleasure.