Life Lines Mural
Lines. Physically, they make up the roads on a map, the wood grain on a tree stump, the intricate weave of a spider web, the ripples in a lake caused by a drop of water, or the deep grooves in the palm of our hands. We attach emotion to the physical characteristics of a line. Soft flowing lines create an easy calming mood while sudden changes in a line’s direction, giving it sharp jagged edges, can create a more hostile and stressful mood. Metaphorically, we give them even greater meaning in our lives allowing for the “Life Lines” in our life to help tell a story. Life Lines can be used to describe the wrinkles on a person’s face; telling the story of a long lived life. Life Lines can also be used to describe the many different directions our lives take us; like the lines on a map, crossing paths with many people along the way. Some of the lines on our “life map” are long and well thought out while others are short and spontaneous. Some lines were laid down before us, leaving us to pick up where the line ended; while others are new, drawn only by the individual who created them. Each line on the map symbolizes an interaction, or moment, creating a thread of cause and effect. The kinds of lines you pick up, move, create, or follow directly interact and affect the lines of others. The many lines you lay down throughout your life will change the course of other Life Lines around you, rippling through the world like a drop of water ripples through a lake. Although we may not always choose the lines we are given or even the lines created in moments of spontaneous emotion, we do have a conscious choice when thinking about the lines we WANT to create. What kinds of lines will YOU create?
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