To be absolutely real with ourselves. Stop playing it so safe. How freeing. What a release. What a relief. True to you. No more disjappointmenting yourself because you put your needs on the back burner. You said yes, but you meant no. You didn’t want to hurt their feelings, so you over promised. You took that project for the money.
When we are not true to ourselves, we starve ourselves of care and respect. Integrity begins with honoring our hearts. It’s not selfish. It’s healthy and it helps us all.
Stripped of all of our masks and desire to be needed. To understand ourselves fully, to know more about our own existence.
Why I am seeking wisdom.
- Lie to myself, no more!
- Life is tricky. People are strange. I contradict myself. Why?
- Decisions are difficult. Which are the best ones?
- Worry is constant. I shall remain calm.
- This wisdom helps with clarity. Clarity is freedom.
- I know I don’t have all the answers. We are here together for a reason. I learn from you.
- Life moves too fast. My strong desire to slow down. Savor. Relish.
Why I seek wisdom.
- To be more emotionally and intellectually intelligent about myself and others.
- Because I am realistically insecure and my experience will only take me so far. What can I learn from your experience?
- I want to accomplish more of what is important. What is important to you might inspire me.
Dorothea Tanning was born in 1910 in Galesburg, Illinois and attended Knox College in her hometown before studying painting in Chicago (haunting the Art Institute where she learned what painting was.) In 1941, now in New York, she met the art dealer, Julien Levy, and his surrealist friends, refugees from Nazi occupied France. Late in 1942 Max Ernst visited her studio, saw a painting, (Birthday), and stayed to play chess. They would have 34 years together, at first in Sedona, Arizona (a mere outpost at the time). Here she would continue to paint her enigmatic versions of life on the inside, looking out: The Guest Room, The Truth About Comets, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Interior with Sudden Joy, Insomnias, Palaestra, Tamerlane, Far From. By 1956 Max and Dorothea had chosen to live and work thenceforth in France. Though Paris was headquarters, they preferred the country quiet lure in Touraine and Provence. These years included, for Dorothea Tanning, an intense five- year adventure in soft sculpture: Cousins, Don Juan’s Breakfast, Fetish, Rainy Day Canapé, Tragic Table, Verb, Xmas, Emma, Revelation or the End of the Month, Hôtel du Pavot Room 202.