I have a thing with symbols, in case you don’t know. I believe every outward truth points to an inward truth. i might also be so bold to say that symbols that show up in our life repeatedly are directing us towards some sort of lesson or idea. I’m curious about the cultural stories and meanings we attach to animals, plants and events.
I saw the flamingos at the San Antonio Zoo recently, and got some really fun photos. I love to read about the animals and symbols I paint. I discovered some contradictory stories about the flamingo.
One modern meaning of the flamingo is opulence. In 1957, a recent art school graduate created the iconic pink plastic flamingo. His flamingos became a worldwide symbol of American materialism.
Ironically, a flamingo gets its color from the things it consumes. Flamingo eat shrimp. I personally see a much greater lesson in this. The mantra, “You are what you eat,” rings true here. And perhaps on a deeper level.
I’d say the real lesson the flamingo provides is one of mindful consumption. We are made of the things we consume.
Recently, I’ve been taking pause to look at the things I consume. I have cut back on caffeine and I am doing the whole cutting down on processed foods thing. I am also watching what I feed my soul, the company I keep, the businesses I support, and the books I read. I’ll admit I am a tv glut after my daughter goes to bed. I’m gonna give myself a free pass there because mama needs her shows.
In my work as a mother, wife and a creative I have a mantra that I must fill my cup before I can fill the cups of others. Looking for activities and people that fill my cup and feed my soul is essential to the work I do.
You see, we creatives must feed our souls. Thus, when making a decision I use this question to guide my decision process, “Does this feed my soul?” Because if I stop feeding my soul, I stop feeding my creativity.
Onward and upward friends,