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Bee Compliment Tree

This week I started a project I’ve been thinking of for a couple of years for supporting people, and affirming loved ones’ value. Compliments mean something from people we care about, so why not give some in a collection form. It’s a tool I could use when the depths of depressive despair stare into me, so I hope it will help others, and I’ll probably write me some too.

Please share as many and as often as you like if you would like to say the same things to people you know.

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If you were looking at the next big step in life’s adventure, and gathering your courage, what would you be looking at?

I’m wondering where the line should be between time spent considering options, and jumping in and doing something.

Watercolour pencil and ink on 8.25″x11.5″ paper.

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Maslow’s Hierarchy Question

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was introduced to me in high school and has since entered the popular consciousness as an accepted part of the basis of human psychology. Since then there has been much research and many articles written about the pitfalls of this theory.

Humans like to create peace and control from chaos by using hierarchical ways of thinking, but life is complex. What if, just to get a different perspective from usual, we thought of the hierarchy not as a pyramid, particularly not as progressive steps on a pyramid, but as a Venn diagram.

What would we look at differently then?

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How Nihilism is my Optimism

For me, thinking of suicide isn’t a bad thing. It’s knowing where the exit is, just in case I need it. It’s reassuring to look over my shoulder and glimpse the green glow of escape. If I see there’s a clear path out, I can calm down and look for ways to get to other, more intriguing doors. Suicide has my back.