I get a chuckle every time I go by this mailbox.
One of the residents has a cousin who is convinced she collects rubber duckies--the sort you put in your bathtub. She does not collect them. She never has collected them. But she is accumulating them because her cousin keeps giving them to her "for your collection."
And so she distributes them where she can. I think she has about a hundred of them in her basement. I find this hilarious. I do love the look of the mailbox though.
It makes me wonder how often I may make assumptions about what people want or need, without checking them out. In this case, her cousin is simply trying to be funny and kind.
Rubber duckies, and actual/real/live waterbirds, remind me of the practice of meditation and dipping into awareness...going beneath the surface of daily life, diving under surface appearances and the attention-grabbing distractions and simply allowing ourselves to check in with ourselves for a few moments.
Without this, we run the risk of bobbing along on the surface of it all, at the mercy of the waves and the current.
And speaking of meditation:
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society