Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Y'all!

My comical little nephew Dawson came home from pre-school yesterday talking about building a leprechaun trap. He knew to come to his Auntie Jennifer for such a project, and over a shared pizza, we made our plans.

While he napped, I painted our little pizza box green and dug up some appropriate embellishments for him to choose from (he had specified some of my jewelry for bait!). Hannah painted a pair of chopsticks glittery gold.
Then I whipped up a batch of green sugar cookie shamrocks for him to share today with his classmates.

Shown above is his finished creation, a pizza box decorated with glittered paper coins, finished with alluring golden chopsticks to prop his trap open...all awaiting the cunning and elusive leprechaun.
I can't wait to hear his story of the leprechaun's visit later today! *wink wink*


This St Patrick's Day Jamie Ridler asks: What do we wish to pay attention to?
A couple of Wednesdays ago I brought up the idea of taking the time to listen to others' needs, to be a loving and supportive friend. This, of course, is still my wish, and it does require paying attention.

Recently though, I was speaking with Lisa Rough of Sacred Circle Creative Coaching about being still and paying attention to the ways in which I was compromising.
Lest any of you jump to conclusions, let me clarify---compromise is a good thing, an essential thing for getting along in this world, especially in intimate relationships.

However, when one starts to compromise away pieces of themselves to satisfy another's wishes or needs....THAT'S when there's a problem with compromise!

Compromise is meant to be a win-win situation, right?
Never should there be a "winner" or a "loser"!
True compromise also requires effort on the part of both/all parties involved (which again requires attention!).

Since that conversation with Lisa (thanks Lisa!) I am focusing more, paying more attention to how much of myself I give away in order to please others.
I've been shocked!
And I'm sure I've left several people confused, if not downright angry, by learning to say "now wait just a minute....that's NOT what I want" or "hey, my needs are being trampled here"

It is my wish this Wishcasting Wednesday for myself, and for all of us, that we might learn to pay more attention to just how many pieces of ourselves we give away, diminishing our own power and light.


Sulwyn said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Diva Kreszl said...

well did you catch your leprechaun??? as you wish for yourself dear one I so lovingly wish for you also!

Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, I so wish for her as well.

maggiegracecreates said...

Ive never captured a leprechaun myself, but the trap is better than any I built.

I too have confused people, but once I was cured of OVERYES SYNDROME, my life did improve greatly.

have a wonderful day -- sorry I can't make that first workshop. But know, I will be sending good energy your way for that day.

Lis said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, so I wish for her (and all of us!) also.

Really, really a great insight ...

I've come to realize that I often compromise myself because I have not valued my feelings, desires or needs ... a big development was for me to say no without feeling the need to justify my decision. Simply because I say so, that is enough. (looks like I'm back in last week ...)

Lawendula said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

faerwillow said...

~l♥ve your trap...mine are quite anxious to catch one...they have been trying for years...we'll see what comes to be...your wish is so wise and powerful..a reminder fo rall of us...compromise...the poswer of words and giving to much of ourselves...thank you Jennifer wishes for herself so I wish for her too...brightest blessings~

alisha said...

that is a lovely leprechaun trap!

and what a wonderful wish also. it's amazing how often we compromise ourselves and needs. no more!

as jennifer wishes for herself, so i wish for her also.

Summer Raven said...

Here's to staying true to ourselves! As Jennifer wishes for herself, I wish for her also!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, I wish for her also.

I feel and hear your words completely. Thank you so much for wishing today!

Ginny said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, I wish for her also. I hope everyone had fun today catching the leprachauns. There is nothing like class full of preschoolers looking for the wee green leprachauns. You are wise to remember to not give away parts of yourself to make others happy. It is absolutely ok to say,"No."

Rochelle said...

You go Jennifer! As Jennifer wishes for herself, so I wish for her as well.

Kate said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself I alos wish for her,

Jane said...

I too am becoming more aware of how much of myself I give to others. As you wish for yourself, I wish for you too.

Ruth said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, I wish for her as well.

Cindy Jones said...

As Jennifer wishes for herself, I wish for her also.