Saboteur

Saboteur – Drawing & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Saboteur

I drew the “Saboteur” based on the teachings of Keith MacPherson in a course called “Making Sense of Mindfulness” – https://www.keithmacpherson.ca 

The Saboteur for me is an entity that prevents me from creating when I want to. It is the fear-based ego-mind that stops me right in my tracks from moving forward with my ideas and inspirations to create. 

It has three heads with its own eyes which, for me, represents the past, present and future. Each time period, has its own way of creating tension in the way of regrets (past), fears (present) and anxieties (future). 

The middle eye in the body is like the evil eye of Sauron from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “Lord of the Rings.” 

The thing about my Saboteur is that he is kind of whimsical and mystical and can be beaten at his own game as he does not have any arms or hands to fight back with. I can prevail and create. I can write more books, take more beautiful photographs and create images of artwork from India Ink drawings, abstract painting, computer design and digital art. 

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Be Amazing

Be Amazing

Book: “Be Amazing: Discover Your Purpose, Conquer Your Fears, and Fulfill Your Potential,” Paul S. Boynton, Skyhorse Publishing, 2020

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available: January 7, 2020

“Be Amazing” was an inspirational concept and experience that Paul S. Boynton received after visiting and receiving outstanding service at a restaurant. From there, he goes on to explain that giving your all is necessary in your endeavours. He writes, “It starts with a desire to be the best we can be in a specific area, followed by a decision to actually make it happen.” That is the essence of the book as Paul outlines a number of other people and situations that were outstanding in his opinion.

He outlines six points for Amazing Qualities. One of the quotes that he writes that I like is when you are doing that one special thing, you don’t have to be the best and as a Zen saying goes, “Flowers don’t compare themselves to other flowers, they just bloom.” That is a very encouraging thought and causes some self-reflection.

Mr. Boynton goes on to say that people know when people are being authentic and when they are with the “real deal.” People can recognize a disingenuous smile and reaction.

He gives out some steps on being amazing. They are as follows:

  1. Find your “Spirit Blueprint”
  2. Making a decision
  3. Discover what amazing will look like
  4. Making it happen

He writes his book from a question and answer process. This is how he engages the reader. I understand why Paul does this although I am not sure I like this process. I would prefer he just wrote the book in a straight-forward manner with the assumption that the reader has had those questions and he would answer them without indicating each time what the question was or is.

I like how the end finishes with a quote such as: “Remember, every book began with a single sentence. And every garden started with just a few seeds.”

This book was rather short. I would have preferred a longer version with more stories and examples of excellence.

For an inspirational short read, I give this book a 3.75 out of 5.

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