The biggest, most complex challenge for all of us humans, I think, is freedom. This notion was introduced to me by Erich Fromm in his book, Escape From Freedom (Amazon). Yet frogs seem to handle the complexities of freedom very well. Once, I had a backyard frog that followed a schedule and began croaking exactly at five o'clock pm. But aside from my favorite five o'clock frog, frogs have no schedule of daily obligation. They do exactly as they please. And... they do not get bored. Frogs are pleased by just being frogs. And this is very smart. It is something that humans cannot do. Humans need to have scheduled activities, rituals, ceremonies, and structure. Humans get bored when left to just their humanness. If you want, blame it on our big brain. Big brain or not, you won't find any frog saying, "Hey, want to have some fun? Lets go splash water on that little cricket over there." They won't do that. But of course, humans do it all the time. It's not very smart. And our excuse: We have this big brain ...we get bored. And so we have an Easter egg hunt. This keeps the little humans entertained. And on it goes. We need our funny little traditions and conventions. Because freedom is a big challenge for humans. Freedom requires imagination. Freedom requires a willingness to take risk. And freedom requires one to make a decision.
I want to be as smart as a frog. Only then will I be free to do exactly as I please (in a froggy sort of way).
In my picture book series, I roll human situations into natural habitats with frogs and other creatures.
Chris Hammond deepens the conversation on how to cultivate fertile soil for growing mindful, creative touch in a connection economy and a future arriving soon that is finally 'open season' for artists. Connect with Chris here.
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Hi, Chris here. I'm an artist and my goal is to help folks get out on the trail and make a creative connection with nature.
Hi, Linda here. I was born in Hubei province in central China. I speak Mandarin Chinese. I'm a professional interpreter so naturally my goal with Artist's Kayak is to be a sort of 'cultural bridge' for our international audience.
嗨，琳达在这里。 我出生在湖北省，当然我会说普通话。 我是一名专业口译员，所以我的目标是成为对我们的治疗之旅计划感兴趣的中国人的“文化桥梁”。
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