SOAPBOX shot in the arm Ep. 3: Jo Coudert
Today’s SOAPBOX® shot in the arm is wrapped around a famous quote by Jo Coudert, author and playwright.
“In a relationship, two halves don’t make a whole. Two wholes make a whole.”
Attached at the hip. Funny little phrase, isn’t it? Perhaps you listening to me right now is creating a linking of sorts, an attachment or relationship that makes us need the other to infuse and illuminate our own Big Picture, whether of the day, an idea, a dream, a lifestyle, or a lifetime. We aren’t INCOMPLETE without the other, but add COMPLETE new experiences and layers of thought just by crossing our paths of qualities.
Now, if you get that- I metaphorically propose that each of us embodies a full 24-pack of Crayola crayons. Remember those? Plenty of variety there to play with, right? Boasting all the colors of the rainbow, and then some, and uniformly brimming with gorgeous pigment that defines our every thread and thought. And as you scribble your colors here, there and everywhere through our years, even if your collection is peeled down to the labels and worn down to nubs, 24 is, was, and always will be complete and unlimited by design and definition.
Oooooh, but remember what the full set of 48 looks like? Not to mention 64 or 128! Fluorescents, metallics, unpronounceable shades of blue, green, and brown, and every color word combo imaginable. Not that more is better, nor is the littlest pack incomplete, less than half, or even limited. But the end result, the picture creatively born from the bigger, more varied palette, climbs to a colorfully dramatic new dimension: A Crayola masterpiece of Manet or Klimt proportion.
Now, you have your story, as does every person who takes a page in your coloring book of life – and neither you nor they can be reduced and described with one name: safflower blue or burnt sienna. Just like neither you nor they can be summed up as just: the CEO, the VP of XYand Z, the founder of BlahBlah, the single parent, evening-class MBA student, crazy neighbor, in-your-face sarcastic uncle, never-forgets-a-face, name or birthday best pal. BUT WE CAN SAY both you and they are complete creations, absolute sets, WHOLE. And when you choose to engage, share, and build relationship- the entire color wheel of your vision becomes so much greater! So playfully and boldly blend with family and friends, sweethearts, co-workers and strangers alike, and discover the magical cornucopia of shades you can add to this work of art called life.
Never Stop EVOLVING. ~ KD
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