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What if you could put humpty-dumpty back together again? Continually Shift


ABC Resolution: kaleidoscopes


May 21 – June 3
What if you could put humpty-dumpty together again?

Oh, the amazement of the sights first seen through a kaleidoscope! Little bits of glass refract light to break up the world we know into small slivers and pieces. Colored shapes juxtapose and recombine in new forms as we turn the tube. Broken into new patterns, we are forced to rethink how things are constructed. How familiar solids can be remade into new objects of wonderment and delight.

Would that we could create such an alteration in our business life. Gently rotate a conversation, relationship, process or goal into different configurations. A new, novel or variant of the old, yet keeping remnants and whispers of the past. No huge upheaval. No catastrophic revolution. No rebellious drama. Just a subtle metamorphosis, the same things calmly remade by slight rearrangement and re-adjacency. Twist, replace, redefine, renew.

resolve to: continually shift


Kaleidoscopes embody many things.

• The concept of change, enacted without violence and catastrophe. Rather gently shifted. Rearranged into new patterns and configurations for growth and evolution.

• The discovery of how things, thoughts and ideas can be deconstructed. Broken into their component parts for greater knowledge and wisdom.

• The understanding of the order and randomness in the universe. How we and our circumstance is one of an infinite amount of combinations. No better. No worse. Just as we are and in any number of choices we can dream.

Kaleidoscopes open up our internal and external vision. They enable us to see in a different light that which may have seemed fixed to be full of amazing possibilities.

resolve to: continue and shift


K is for Kaleidoscope
What if you could break the world into tiny little pieces
and put it back together again?


I was visiting The Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles, touring through the Impressionists section. When museums are busy, people politely form a self-organized approach to viewing the art. Orderly and without instruction, they move around the room in a clock-wise manner, at least for Western audiences. They will pause in front of each painting for a period of time, the length determined, unspoken, by how large the crowd is and what the group intuitively deems as the polite amount of lingering time, before moving on and letting the next person have a turn.             

This day there was a moderate crowd, so people were moving at a fairly slow pace, but not slow enough to be able to stop and really study the art. I usually make a point of seeking out Impressionist works in each museum and, moving along, I was delighted to encounter one of my favorite artists, Claude Monet, and his “The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light”, 1894, see inset. Continue reading