"The Dot" by Peter Reynolds is a simple little picture book that packs a HUGE lesson..."Make your mark, and see where it takes you." In every aspect of life I cannot think of a greater lesson.
However, the experience was more than I expected.
A little backstory...earlier in the day I had run with my team, training for the NYC Marathon which is only a short 7 weeks away. We ran through the Palisades in New Jersey. It was so scenic and breath-takeningly beautiful...although I am sure that it was the intense hills that were taking my breath more. But, I felt strong, I felt good...until I got done and realized that I was running at a really really slow pace. My bubble was burst! I felt totally deflated. I had only run 11.5 miles and I was hoping for more.
So...I headed home feeling a little discouraged about the upcoming marathon and wondering just how dark it will be outside when I finally hit that finish line. Ugh.
After a bite to eat and a hot shower, I dusted off some old art supplies to complete my dot for International Dot Day. I decided on watercolor...not because it is the medium used in the book, but because it is my absolute favorite...AND I feel totally UNABLE to use it. What a perfect place to start.
I sat with my aching legs raised and frozen Brussels sprouts on each sore shin, and I slowly dipped my brush into the water and then into the brilliant yellow watercolor.
I made a dot. I let it dry. I added more color. And repeated. And repeated. Each time the dot became more and more beautiful than before. My pride grew. I was creating something one step at a time. It was a slow process, but I was an artist.
Remember, I am a picture book WRITER who is always incredibly quick to let others know that I AM NOT artistic and I DO NOT illustrate!
I am also a runner who does not call herself a runner.
But step by step. Dot by dot we create. We make our own unique mark.
I will make my mark...however, slowly it may go. Because great accomplishments take time and patience.