Stories

November 9, 2015 - Army of Ink Will Everyone Please Stop Smiling

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What’s with all the smiley faces – things are really not that great.

The one thing she disliked most was false optimism.   And it was popping up everywhere, particularly in text and email messages 🙂  Sometimes people even shouted happiness :)!  But was all this just a disguise?  Were people really that happy?  She sensed the world increasingly turning away from those who weren’t feeling all that happy right now and opting for the pretense of living fairy tale lives:)  That made her sad. 🙁

See this Rose who is free from the labor of smiling.  This Rose about dealing with all matters of the emotional kind.  This Rose who is curious about the origin of sadness.

Pass her on because….you never know who’s feeling sad out there but are struggling to find a ‘sadness friendly’ place.

September 30, 2015 - Army Of Ink Baring Souls

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baring souls

From ‘Rock The Boat’ book.  See post below for a story about change.

Footnote:  This little girl arrived many years ago however, due to the Black Dog website being ‘broken into’, I’m still finding and restoring some of the girls who went missing.  Image also used for Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week back in 2008 here. Pass her on because…. it’s very important to be the pioneers of our own lives – and to be prospective about our possible future and future selves.

July 13, 2015 - Army of Ink Go Ask The Frogs

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Where to from here?  Go ask the frogs?

Personal interpretation …. I think this little girl has surfaced from a long period of self exploration with a firmer trust in her ability to create a future of her own making.  But she’s also aware that the greatest obstacle to this process is herself—and her tendency to self sabotage.  Will I?  Won’t I? Stomp on those sandcastles?  Crush the opportunity, the possibility,  and the hope before me?

Maybe the sandcastles also represent the bucket loads of experiences she has in credit, along with the many things she’s created to support her self—to stay afloat.  But all of these things tend to crowd her at times, making it necessary for her to place them in some kind of order – give them a place.

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June 21, 2015 - Army of Ink Life Guard Girl

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Never lose sight of the truth .  

The story below is my own personal interpretation of this little girl.  If you’d like to have and hold your own personal meaning – stop here.

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June 10, 2015 - Army of Ink Life Guard Girl Preview

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This little girl arrived on my page a week ago and saved me from a difficult time – as the Army of Ink always do. I’m posting her without the caption or story to allow you to have your own interpretation. Back to share mine soon.

May 15, 2015 - Army of Ink Sailing Still

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A time to go – place to stay.

On this particular day, something precious came to its end.  Two breaths became one.

Footnote:  This little girl’s previous arrival is here but I’ve since found other useful layers of meaning – not relating to loss …..

A docked boat is one that has been taken out of a damaging environment for repair and restoration. It’s going nowhere right now, but it still has a place – and relevance.   I think this ‘pulling up’ process is one we have to continually engage in – and make time for.   To restore ourselves.  To stabilise and question; ‘Where to from here?’   But the pace of life too often gets in the way.  Interrupts.  And doing ‘nothing’, taking time out for ourselves, isn’t something viewed in a positive light.   So it’s the ‘stopping’ I feel in the image that’s important – and in urging us to do the same.

“A time to go – a place to stay”?  reflects not only creating a place in our lives for those who we have lost but it could also be about choosing (in our living lives) what to move away from and what to hold on to and really importantly….. what we can take from all of that’s made us who we are and use it in the building of our future selves.

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