Curious

A reminder when you're feeling frustrated or irritated, consider if any of your highly held values are being threatened & adjust accordingly. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.
A reminder when you're feeling frustrated or irritated, consider if any of your highly held values are being threatened & adjust accordingly. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.
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Curious

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A reminder when you're feeling frustrated or irritated, consider if any of your highly held values are being threatened & adjust accordingly.

About this print:

  • 9” x 12” fine art giclee print
  • Printed on thick high quality, acid-free archival paper stock with an enhanced matte finish
  • Reproduced from original acrylic painting by Caroline Kelso Winegeart
  • Does not come with frame

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This piece was created as a part of my 2016 project #AbstractAffirmationsDaily where I share an abstract piece of art with a positive message every day. Here's the story that accompanies this piece, posted on 7/20/2016:

Today I completely flipped out over something embarrassingly small. I was helping Jason out with something that should have been a fun break from my workday, but I turned it into something that was beyond stressful and something that caused me to get unduly irritated.

After I lost my cool, I noticed I was mentally beating myself up a bit for it. I was self-criticizing for not being more patient, more relaxed, more centered. But, recognizing these critical thoughts, I did something that my internet bud @heyamberrae talks about, as well as the insightful @brenebrown... I got CURIOUS. Why did this bug me so much? What was striking a chord that was inciting such a strong emotional response in me?

After some digging, I realized that I simply hadn't been able to sit down for more than two hours of uninterrupted work since I returned from San Francisco last week. I'm someone who needs time to sink into a more flow-like state and punctuated short-term bursts of work just won't cut it for me. So what seemed like a tiny task today actually turned into a much bigger annoyance, pulling me away from what I needed to feel productive. Once I was able to find the root of my frustration, it also illuminated an important value for me: control over my day and work schedule.

See, irritations and emotional responses and mini-meltdowns can actually be AMAZING learning tools because they often are a response to one of our highly held values being threatened. Get curious enough to investigate and you're one step closer to really understanding what's important to you.

So next time you think about getting critical with yourself over flipping out, get curious instead and see what you discover!