On my June 8th post I wrote about a chance meeting my son and I had with a young artist who created clay sculptures and ultimately bronze casting of famous blues artists. I indicated that we had met in 2001 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California and that I had lost the contact information that he had given me.
Well, again, in the words of the late Paul Harvey, “Here’s the rest of the story.”
My wonderful wife, began looking through the web and trying to seek out who this artist might be. We found one that seemed to have the proper credentials and I sent him the following e-mail…
Daniel, I’m curious if you were in Anaheim, House of Blues working on a John Lee Hooker piece for your blues collection around 2001? If so we may have met and I lost the phone and address you gave me. I just wrote a blog about that meeting. Love to know if it was you.
The following day I received this reply…
“Yes, Greg, that was me. You were there with your son?”
Well needless to say I was quite thrilled to have found my artist after all this time, his name is Daniel Edwards, and he has become a very successful artist. He has sculpted many celebrities over the years and so I feel very fortunate to have had this chance meeting with him so many years ago. A meeting that, much like Daniel’s art, shaped me through the experience.
So, now what? What are the messages here?
Pay attention to the thoughts that you have. Often times the ideas that we have come and go and most often we don’t take the time to acknowledge or record the “inspiration”.
The idea for my previous post came to me as I was reflecting on a sculpture that my son had created in high school. It’s a sculpture of a shoe and I’ve always seen it as a metaphor for the idea that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. The “inspiration” came to me and I paid attention to it.
It’s called inspiration, because it comes to you IN-SPIRIT. I believe it’s coming from a higher source and that it’s something that either has significance or leads to something significant.
By writing about my experience of meeting Daniel, I was “inspired” to go searching for him. It became a little mini adventure for me. It created a higher energy within me that was multiplied once Daniel responded that it was in-fact him.
What do we put off that, if we did it immediately would, in the process give us a greater degree of energy?
Who from your historical past have you been wanting to contact but have just put it off? Go do it NOW! There’s no telling what adventure might come from it.
So there you go, The Rest of the Story. Thank you for indulging me in this little trip down memory lane. Stay connected to your inspiration and just remember, we are all pieces of clay. We are being molded each and every day with the challenges and adventures we face and each experience shapes us into who we are now and who we will become.
Choose to be an adventurer and let your life be shaped by those experiences.
Questions to Ponder: What events have molded you into who you are today? Have you taken the time to journal how The Master Potter has been shaping you? What are the gifts and talents that YOU have that you could be using to help shape a better world?