The Dapper Frog, I couldn't not go down the stairs to visit; couldn't not take a picture.
... and isn't that an interesting phrase -- "couldn't not"? It's the equivalent of "just had to," but somehow captures more of the resistance, the approach/avoidance I was feeling.
Which is also, I see, reflected in the sculpture's hand positions. The left hand is gently cradling -- could be an invitation, a gesture of pride, pointing to something nearby, could be simply indicating that he is holding a space for me, or for something in himself.
But the right hand clearly says" Stop; come no closer" and even goes on to imply "I am too busy for your petty concerns at this time." There is a clear separation: this is not a greeting, the thumb is not crooked in the classic hand symbol; this just feels like a "no" -- and is further emphasized by his slight frown. It feels a bit (and surely I'm projecting here) like "Don't bug me, I'm meditating!"
And somehow what I see in that is a sense of balance; a knowingness, of what is acceptable and what is not, of what is welcome and what is not, of what is growth-producing and what is not. I think what I'm seeing is a visual representation of the importance of boundaries -- something I've been struggling a bit with lately -- and I'm finding that clarity very appealing.
Yes, we are one with the universe; brothers and sisters to all of creation. But that doesn't mean we always need to be open to the demands of those around us. We need to strike a balance; to find time for ourselves and occasionally declare ourselves off limits if we are to stay centered and sane. And in finding, making space for, and achieving that balance we can begin again to feel the light of love that bathes us all.