(Re)Orienting the Pallet (Palate / Palette)
These days are hard to navigate. We’ve entered a new wilderness. What’s the starting point? The goal? Alternate facts, lockdown, say their names, UFO, Zoom, Jan 6, reopening, variant, withdrawal. Boom. Disorientation is the most predictable guidepost some have.
Come to a simple place of humble means to reenact; reorient, and rediscover the stranger you may have become to yourself. Just 2 boxes, there are 6 stages to one’s experience:
Afar – What makes you approach? It simply beckons, low and tall, dark and natural.
Approach – Up close the path finds ambiguity & obstruction. The apparent path is discouraged – but not prevented. Ignore? Comply?
Journey – Wandering becomes the destination. Your blend of purpose, commitment, and distraction will define the outcome.
Entry – Stark, tight, constricting, disorienting. Was this the right choice?
Arrival – Opening, welcoming, engaging. Peaceful and apart but not separate from your past and future paths. Upward gazing reorients the self.
Departure – Go back where you started, or navigate a new path? Always your choice. Pallets. Urban discards, elevated from container to object. Do you see how a second chance can transform the palette?
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