But today's writing is not about that - no, today's story is a tale of gifts. And how they can be used individually, combined, divided and multiplied.
It began a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to set up a table and offer Energetic Dowsing at a local holiday metaphysical fair. Using a pendulum to measure and shift energy is one of my gifts - and I met so many amazing and wonderful people at this event. I also had the opportunity to use my Paypal App and plug-in on my smart phone so I could swipe credit cards for payment. The money would then be deposited into my PayPal account. (Hey! don't judge me - it was the first time I had used it and I was a little excited, ok?)
I did pretty well at the fair, and about a week later I was sitting in front of the computer, reading through my Google+ Stream. Over the last several days, I had been aware of an indiegogo campaign taking place for Cliff Roth, one of the people I had circled when I first started in G+. This night, I noticed another post - the campaign was ending at midnight, and they were short of their goal by just a few hundred dollars. I started thinking that maybe I could contribute a few bucks, and then it hit me - I had my profits from the past week just sitting there in my PayPal account, and surely I could donate some of that to Cliff's campaign - phrases like "Pay it Forward" and "The More You Give, The More You Get" circled in my head. I was so grateful to the people who had come to my table at the fair, and I knew I wanted to keep the money moving in some way. This was truly a gift for me to be able to do.
I clicked on all the appropriate links and got ready to make my donation. The page opened up, and all of a sudden there were a lot more choices than I had been prepared for - Levels? Perks? And I realized that Cliff was, in turn, giving back to his funders! So I chose my level of giving, which included a colored pencil drawing of the subject of your choice, done in Cliff's distinctive style.
Allow me to digress for a moment to tell you that Cliff does a variety of interesting artwork that he sells -
(by the way, I love the "Framed by Abed" piece, but if he does a drawing of Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec, it WILL be mine - as a gift for my husband who willingly admits to having a man-crush on him)
- but on Google Plus, he has been dubbed "Speedpaint Master of the Googleverse." He does a very stylized type of digital caricature that really catches your eye! And while I love to see what he creates of those, I was not yet brave enough to offer myself up for that sort of sacrifice yet; much less framing it and hanging it on the walls of my house! Maybe someday...
So I chose the next thing that popped into my head - my beloved cats! Yes, that was perfect. Cliff and I messaged back and forth a couple of times and I sent him a "few" pictures to work from for the drawing...
He chose the last 2 photos, and cropped them to his satisfaction. In less than two days, he was done. Until the actual piece of art arrives, I keep going back to the screenshot I took and looking at my wonderful cats - because I can't even begin to tell you how real this drawing looks to me. He got the eyes, and as they say - the eyes are the windows to the soul. And you ain't got nothing if you ain't got soul!
But wait -there's more! As if that wasn't enough, (with my permission) he documented his artistic process on his You Tube channel. Watching someone create a drawing - making 2D material appear to be 3D - has always seemed utterly magical to me. click here and watch Cliff's awesome talent as he brings my cats to life!
I have a friend who dispenses some of the most wonderful and wise sayings; one of my favorite Guide Lines refers to how you know if you are doing the right thing. Ask yourself - "Does it make you feel heavy or light?" As I was relating this story to her, I said "I've never felt more in my life that I was part of a bigger Win-Win situation - does it make me feel heavy or light? Oh my, I am Floating!"
And then to top it all off, this morning, Panache Desai posted something that describes so perfectly why I enjoyed this so much:
"When you are blessed with love and abundance, the best way to truly give thanks is to give that love and abundance away. ♥"
And that is what the Art of Giving means to me.
*Cliff Roth is available for commissions and you can purchase some of his work online here. He can be contacted through Google+, facebook, or his You Tube channel.
**And in case I need to say it any clearer...I highly recommend his work! After all, 'Tis the Season - of GIVING.