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Make Small, Think Big

This is actually the first post in a series of posts called "Make Small, Think Big" designed to shake, wake, shape & lift us up. Today I will tell you a story I read long time ago that had a great impact on my life.

"One man found an eagle's egg and put it under a hen. Baby eagle hatched together with little chicks and grew up together with them.
Whole his life the eagle did same things chickens did in the yard, thinking he is one of them. He pecked around the yard finding bugs and worms to eat, he cackled and he flapped with wings lifting himself just a few feet above the ground.
Years past and the eagle grew old.
One day he saw, up in the heights, in a clear sky, magnificent bird with powerful spread wings, floating on wind. Old eagle, stunned, stared into the sky.
"What is it?" he asked.
"It is an eagle, king of birds." one chicken answered "He belongs to the sky, while we, chickens, belong to the ground."
So, the old eagle died among chickens, not knowing who he is."

We are all eagles in what we do best. Do you know your best? Have you tried to fly higher?

To be a true artist, you need to fly. Get off the ground, get out of the box. It means reaching higher goals by exploring your own limits, crossing personal barriers and fears, trying new, finding yourself.
We live in the world where we spend most of the time thinking how to feed ourselves and pay the bills. That is the ground; that is the box. If your body needs to be on the ground and in that box full of boundaries and walls and obstacles, there is no reason for you in your heart and mind to lose the freedom of expression, be special as you are and show it through your work. Goal of these posts is to help you fly and explore those limits.... of course it is all up to you.

I will not write anything else because I find this story strong enough to connect you with the next post on Tuesday, February 22.
Studies of shapes and giving dimension to work will be themes of future posts.
Would like, though, to hear your emotions and thoughts on the story in connection to your life and work.

Leaving you until then with a link Un peu de terre sur la peau.


  1. Thank you... the inspiration I needed this morning to reach for the sky!


  2. I enjoyed this post and I'm looking forward to reading more :O) MaryAnn

  3. Cindy, I am so happy to hear that. Keep it up!

    MaryAnn, I am so glad you enjoyed. Thanks for your feedback.

  4. As someone who takes care of Bald Eagles and chickens, I really appreciated this story! Thanks so much Sandra!

  5. Great parable Sandra!! The link to the ceramic jewelry exhibition is to die for. Such fabulous out of the box designs. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us.

  6. Love this article and link was grand. I will try to play along with your year long process. Thanks for bringing some art to us.. a different level of emotional and spiritual connection to the clay. Love it.Joan Tucker Off Center Productions


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