Re: no longer doing henna in public

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Posted by Maureen on September 5, 2002 at 00:46:11:

In reply to: no longer doing henna in public posted by Darla so Dreadly on September 4, 2002 at 16:56:00:

Hi Darla,

This is something you have being saying in a number of ways for
awhile now. I am glad for you that you took that long hard look and
have taken a position that it sounds like you may need to take for

There are so many different ways and opportunities for us to do what
we love in the way that we really feel fulfilled. And often stepping
back from what is unfullfilling is necessary for the opportunity for
what is indeed fullfilling to step forward.

I am not a person who thrives on participating in the festival, fair
concert circuit. It drains me. I don't like to go to festivals,
fairs and concerts because of the crowds and impersonal nature of
them. But I thrive on personal interactions with people...up close
and personal works for me and I can spend a day doing it without
feeling tired. Just like I like a small intimate jazz club and don't
care what the cover charge is to get in. All of that to say, there
is a niche that is just right for you. If you don't see it before
you...create it for yourself. But this sounds to me like an
opportunity. That you have listened to something inside of you that
has been speaking to you for a while. Maybe you need to stop for
good doing the public thing. Maybe you are just taking a pause.
Whatever it turns out to be, you can never go wrong taking that step
back and asking yourself, "What do I really want?...What do I really
want to get out of this?...What am I really willing to put into
this?...What do I really need?...Is this providing me with what I
really need?...Can this provide me with what I really need?

And the last question is really important. Because sometimes you may
find out that you are just playing to the wrong audience. For
example, if you really like working with children and like the
feedback children provide, working with adults can be terribly
unfulfilling. Because adults provide a totally different sort of
feedback or none at all. While children seeing all of that great
henna stuff come out and seeing designs on skin begin to wiggle their
toes and their eyes light up and their joy is evident. And marketed
correctly, henna workshops for children whether they are at parties,
or libraries, or schools or boy and girl scout meetings or after
school programs or where ever can keep you working.

Good luck with your decisions and choices with what you will do next
with your henna. And keep us informed with what new ways you are
choosing to use your gifts.

Take care.



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