"If you're the smartest person in the room – you’re in the wrong room."
And if you've taken one of my classes before you know how I love to use quotes to "step into" a collage. This one is especially great as a stepping stone as it gives us a clue as to what characteristics we view as “smart” or admirable. And just like in real life, it isn’t always the person who LOOKS like the smartest person in the room who actually IS the smartest person in the room.
As an exercise in my latest online class I had students take a walk around the collage, “The Brain Bearer” in order to pick out which character they viewed as the Smartest Guy (or Gal) in the Room. Was it the man with the piece of chalk? The Cabbage Bearer? The Shaman? The Giggling Swimmer? The Grumpy Swimmer? Could it be the brain-slice carrying bird? (A little Dante collage trivia for you: that’s actually an actual snap from one of my post-stroke MRI’s in the bird’s beak.) Or maybe the smartest guy/gal in the room is actually the Little Girl?
Then my eyes went to the Laughing Ladies - the Cabbage Bearer and the Swim Goggle Woman. Because I do believe that honest laughter, the more spontaneous and bawdy the better, is a BIG sign of wisdom to me. When you can transcend the trials of life, neither denying nor battling them, but living in, with and through them - now THAT's wisdom.
So she's there. She's IN it.
But she's also taking brilliant care of herself.
And enjoying the heck out of the experience, which in MY book makes her:
The Smartest Guy (Gal) in the Room.
Right now, I must be in my Laughter and Protective Wear chapter, but who knows what next week might bring? It's all part of that delicious mystery that we call Life. Would you like to see what delicious mysteries are awaiting YOUR discovery? Then join me in my next online course to see what the treasure maps Contemplative Collage holds for YOU.
Hope to "see" you soon!
In Love and Light -