Sand was something to be found at the beach.
Sand was fun when it could be used to throw at others.
Sand was fun when I used it to build little sand castles that for some reason, always leaned more than that Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Sand also meant pain when I was whacked by my parents for secretly smuggling sand home to build a sand castle in my bedroom.
That was then, and this is now. The first time I saw Erika perform a sand painting, I was deeply moved by the whole experience. In Erika's hands, sand, the humble grains of our earth, somehow took on a life of their own, spinning beautiful tales of magical places and enchanted beings through time and space. Erika, the sorceress, conjuring spell after spell, resulting in sand images that were constantly morphing, pulling me deeper into her story with each wave of her dainty hands.
Then it struck me like a bolt of lightning in a clear blue sky. The humble grains of sand that I would not normally give a second glance to, could actually be essential ingredients and tools in the hands of a master!
And I finally realized what was that one thing holding me back constantly...
I was the box I needed to think out of.
What about you? Which sand box are you stuck in? What's holding you back from achieving whatever it is you always wanted to do?
Thank you, Erika. This post is for you.
- Erika Chen will be joining Cirque du Soleil for a two year tour starting in Jan 2011. Her talent is being recognised globally! Hurray, you go gal!
- Btw, here's a little tidbit, Erika holds a First Class Honors in Quantitative Finance from National University of Singapore and she is living her dream everyday. Whoa!