How do You Put Energy Behind Your Choice?

Angel by Michaelangelo

Michaelangelo’s Angel

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

-Michelangelo Buonarroti

What happens with your art? Do you paint, or write, or bead with passion?

Our souls long to be inspired, coaxed into enthusiasm. Do you fan those flames, living in the moment of your own truth?

A pronouncement from my January 30, 2013 horoscope sticks with me:

“You can’t take a leap of faith and simultaneously stay in the same place. Put some energy behind your choice. If you just let go, you’ll fall. Your best chance comes when you run and jump.”

I clipped the forecast, pasted it in my journal and refer to it frequently.

“Put some energy behind your choice.”


The echo of my selection wafts like a sunbeam through the studio and, “Voila!”

Given energy, an otherwise symmetrical necklace takes an interesting turn.

“Whimsey,” contains animal elements and other beads personalized to the wearer.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 44” knotted necklace, “Whimsey”

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 44” knotted necklace, “Whimsey”

…At Amapola Gallery, where I’m one of 42 local artists, I energize myself as I dig for details.

Do you know the amazing stories behind the art on the walls, in the display cases, and around the historic old building? I’m proud to be a part of it all.

The pride and sense of belonging contribute energy to my endeavor.

Recently I visited with Annette from Las Cruces. “Year of the Rabbit” looked terrific on her!

©2012, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Year of the Rabbit” Vintage African Trade Bead necklace

©2012, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Year of the Rabbit” Vintage African Trade Bead necklace

As I explained, each bead around the 18” neckline was specifically selected for color and shape, then placed to show to perfection, high around the neck. Vintage African Trade Beads, collected by my friends make one-of-a-kind a reality.

Annette asked questions and our conversation seemed mutually enjoyable…some would say, energized!

When she left with her purchase, Annette said,

“Thanks for the care you took with these beads.”

Upon reflection, I know the truth:

I put some energy behind my choice. (It shows!) In my art, bead energy romances my soul!

So, my question to you is this:

Whatever you choose to do, how do you put energy behind your choice?