Kicking the Can Project: Part 2

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The creative collaboration continues …

Ever play “kick the can” when you were a kid? You’d happen on an abandoned can and before you knew it you were three blocks past your house. Maybe you’d even get lucky and meet a friend or two on your journey. One could travel around the world with a couple of friends and a can. That is what we are doing here. Kicking the virtual can …

Missed Part 1 of this project? Click Here.

Some pretty wild threads of conversation in The Messy Room’s back room (Facebook’s Inbox) and Juliette’s photo entitled “Random Pastings” inspired this comment from Michele Sevacko …

“… this [inbox] thread has caused me to pause and remember that conversation is also an art … and occurring in many places simultaneously. As it is layered and built on it takes it – and me – to another level.”

Here’s her can, kicked from the woods of North Carolina.

Random Pastings by Juliette Mansour

“Random Pastings” photo by Juliette Mansour

Random Pastings and The Art of Conversation
by Michele Sevacko

As I’ve been going about my “busy-ness” and “being-ness” today, I’ve continued to reflect on the idea of conversation as an art – as I see it showing up in responses to emails, phone calls and Facebook posts.

Using Facebook as one example:
I have found that, just as there are artists who paint, take photos or sculpt things that seem so real you just want to step into the scene, there are people who are so “real” in what they are communicating you feel that you’re there with them – although they can easily be on the other side of the globe. These are my “Realists.”

Then, there are the people that relate just the “facts,” who feel it is their duty to keep us informed. There are also the people that only want to know the “facts.” Collectively, they represent my “Cubists” – not because of a similarity to the style of art but because they seem to be stuck in a box/cube and are not willing to venture out and see what else they might experience outside of the “facts.”

Continuing in this vein, I have friends that are “Impressionists.” (And if you’re my “friend,” I can guarantee you have at least one.) These are the people who, through their writing, create the equivalent of “impressionism,” based on their perception. These are the people that really make me think and want to respond with my own impressions – based on my perceptions.

And while I’m sure there are many more analogies that can be made, the last one I’ll share is the people that are into “Abstracts.” Those are the posts that I just sit and stare at, often saying to myself, “I just don’t get this” or, “Man, this looks like too much thinking right now.” It is always interesting to see what people get from these different styles – and offer in response.

I am also reminded that, just as we have to hone our craft and develop our talent, the art of conversation takes practice. When we’re conversing in person we have the advantage of being able to see facial expressions and body language. When we’re on the phone we can hear inflections. However, when we’re typing we have to depend on our words only (along with pictures we may attach) to clearly state what we’re attempting to convey. We can type in CAPS if we want to make a point and we can add *%#@ if we feel the need to cuss – but we really have to depend on the words we use for the overall message.

Because ninety percent of my “spiritual support” is given through the internet or via phone, being aware that I am not just typing or talking – that this is one of my ways of expressing and being creative – is important for me to remember. However, even if that weren’t the case, I would still say that it is in our best interest to remember that no matter what we are saying and no matter to whom that it is still creative expression. And, that that expression is filled with energy and vibrations so it serves us well to be aware of the types of energy and vibrations we’re sending out into the universe.

We each respond differently to art – whether it is visual or auditory. We each have our preferences of style. Some things visually, energetically or vibrationally resonate with us – others don’t. However, because I feel that there are no “accidents,” when something doesn’t initially “grab” my attention I try to remember “judge not by appearances” and respond to the invitation to grow – even just a little. Just as I may look at an abstract painting and not “get it,” if I look long enough I can always find something to relate to whether it is a shape, a color, or a texture. Sometimes a conversation can be the same. Initially, I may just not get it; but I find that if I take the time to really “listen” there are layers – and can usually find something to relate to.

And, that’s what relationships are about. In our relationships, sometimes we are attracted by our similarities and sometimes because we’re very different. One thing we all have in common though is that we are all unique expressions – so, we have a need and desire to express. Each time I take the time to stretch a bit and venture into a space I wouldn’t normally go I learn a little something. It may be about you. It may be about me. But, usually it’s about both of us.

Is that a coincidence? YES!! It is co – incidents. Two – or a hundred and two – people coming together and connecting in this art form called conversation.

Random Pastings by Juliette MansourTo me, the Art of Conversation relates to “Random Pastings” with each piece initially appearing “random” or even insignificant; but ultimately expressing perfection as it takes its place as part of the whole.

Rev. Michele Sevacko


Michele Sevacko is an ordained New Thought minister and lives in the Triad area of North Carolina with her husband and 4-legged kids. With a Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in Pastoral Counseling, she provides spiritual support services. She is also one of our Visiting Muses.

You can get to know Michele better on this post: Metaphysical Malpractice (a.k.a. what did you do to deserve this?)

Find out more about Rev. Michele Sevacko and her Pastoral Counseling Ministry at her website: CLICK HERE

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16 thoughts on “Kicking the Can Project: Part 2

  • March 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for getting this great kick around all those trees in the woods of North Carolina, Michele! Seeing conversation as an art is so important. What I love about your “kick” is the “unspoken.” That you described all the types also shows that you LISTEN … and how important THAT is. Especially in a world that encourages “tweets” and “fast friends” with little thought for what it takes to SUSTAIN a conversation … COMMUNICATION through ALL the arts! 🙂

    • March 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Thank you for providing the “space’ for sharing. When I was training to facilitate spiritual support groups, many, many years ago, I learned the importance of being “fulling present”. You can’t really listen if you’re not fully present – and, listening is vital to being there or giving support – whether it be to a family member, friend or someone that’s sought out spiritual guidance/support. <3

  • March 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Beautiful thoughts…I wonder sometimes how our new found method of world-wide instant contact with each other will affect our ability to listen. Something that to me is integral to effective conversation/communication…

    • March 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

      HAHA Joseph – Listening is probably something I don’t do nearly enough of when we’re talking ; ) YOU are a good listener…. <3

  • March 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I LOVE this Michele! Brilliantly written and concise! I also think about how photography helps to transcend these modes.

    • March 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Thanks, Juliette – and, thank you for your wonderful inspiration!! <3

  • March 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Wonderful post Michele…appeals to the art history major in me, too. Haven’t looked at this topic in this way and it really resonates. I totally agree that listening is a major part of communicating…really ‘getting’ someone…and the age of tweets and texts and even short fb messages can be interfering with our willingess to BE and ALLOW. How often to I multi-task when talking on the phone? Too often. And I wasn’t always like that, so what has happened?
    I also believe that at the subconscious (for most of us, I should say) level, we are feeling and affected by current geological events, such as the major quake in Japan and ensuing tidal wave. We are all one, are all connected. I wrote a poem about that once, too, Mitakuye Oyasin…so how do we process everything that’s coming in and continue to communicate and receive each singular message? Out of the mind and into the heart…is it time to ‘grok’ instead of speak?
    I did write a poem on this difference in current communications, “In the flow of irreleveant details” which I could share if we collaborate on the topic of conversation.
    Anyway, thanks Michele for provoking these musings with your wonderful article.

    • March 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you Shellie – I appreciate you sharing your thoughts/feelings about the topic. I had to laugh though when you said “out of your mind and into your heart” – only because it took me back to a time that someone told me I was out of my mind and all I could think to do was thank them..(because I knew that in order to support my intention of balance between head and heart, that to some degree – the degree of which is debateable : D – I had to be out of my mind to get there.

      I would love to read your poem about current communications. I believe many issues could be peacefully resolved if we could ALL just learn to communicate better. <3

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    • March 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Thanks so much for referencing the post and including the link. I enjoyed reading what it brought up for you. <3

    • March 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Click on Casa Dresden to read the whole article and enjoy the photography. As artists, are we really “starving”? … Excellent read, “Casa Dresden.” And thanks for “collaborating” with this link. 🙂

      • March 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        The short answer (I’ll bet you thought the only time I was short was when it applied to my height : )) – what I do feeds & nourishes my soul; as well as do the many people I connect with in person and through the internet. From the monetary perspective though, if I depended on it to make a living I definitely would be starving.

  • March 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    yes Michele, it’s that “starving” thing that frightens ……. 🙂

  • March 18, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get! And do we care? Squeek! They’re chocolates for gosh sakes! Chocolates…never starve if you got chocolates…or good conversations…Squeek!

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