The Sandbox Challenge

Loosening-up exercises (from The Playful Way to Knowing Yourself)

If you were asked to choose seven words to describe yourself, what would they be?

  1. Wilful
  2. Wise
  3. Wild
  4. Curious
  5. Quiet
  6. Calm
  7. Restless

If you were asked to choose seven objects that have meaning for you, what objects would you choose?

  1. A Whitby jet rose pendant
  2. The painting my mother never liked
  3. A labradorite heart
  4. A kyanite pendant
  5. A small glazed clay sculpture made by a child
  6. A postcard of the Postman Pat cast of characters
  7. A hat with red horns and furry fire

If you were asked to choose seven colors that have meaning for you, what colors would you choose?

  1. Turquoise
  2. Purple
  3. Black
  4. White
  5. Grey(s)
  6. Green
  7. The juxtaposition of colours

If you were asked to choose seven places that have meaning for you, what places would you choose?

  1. The Cliffs of Moher (Co. Clare, Ireland)
  2. Newgrange (neolithic monument, Co. Louth, Ireland)
  3. Volubilis (Roman ruins, Fez-Meknes, Morocco)
  4. Small beach on Arranmore (island off the coast of Co. Donegal, Ireland)
  5. The river Shannon (Limerick, Ireland)
  6. A small bridge which provided shelter from the rain just outside Longford (Ireland)
  7. Inside myself

I suppose the real question is what have I learned from the exercise?  I describe myself with the qualities of a separate individual personality, not as a member of a community.  Meaning is given to objects and places through close, personal and important relationships, they are, in themselves, devoid of meaning.  It is the context within the patterns of meaningful interactions that they derive meaning.  They are the foci for defining memories.  I have assigned an intellectual meaning to certain colours – they act as metaphors for more complex ideas.  Why?  We give shape to an idea – why not colour?!

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