These words–Take Care–I’m very familiar with them.
I regularly sign off with them on emails, cards, letters and the like. And even though they’re kind of old fashioned, I always send them out with a deep wish for the person receiving them to feel cared for and about by me, as well as by themselves and others.
Take care. Something about these words center and ground me.
I suppose since I’m always sending them out into the world, I was a little surprised when they came back to me in the middle of a New Year’s Eve jam session of collaging, writing, painting and art journaling. I was in the midst of an activity I developed that calls upon images, color, associations and free writing to peel away the layers and unearth deep insight. (By the way, the activity is really meaningful and fun, because where you end up is often very surprising, and different, from where you started. Someday I’ll write more about it. Or offer a workshop.)
Anyway, there they were:Take Care. Beckoning me. Inviting me in.
As I continued to go deeper into the process, more words and phrases came, many surprising. And instinctively, I began stringing them together. Then, what had seemed like unrelated concepts and feelings started to form a whole. So I decided to do an art journal page devoted just to them.
Now, looking at this, I’m not sure what I’ve got here.
Less than a poem but more than a free write? My personal Take Care Manifesto?
I don’t know, somehow it seems like something else. Like maybe I experienced a moment of dipping into the collective unconscious when these words sprang to life. And perhaps what I’ve got here is not just for me, but for you too.
So here you go.
Take Care. For all of us.
In art journal form and a recording too!
Happy New Year!
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