The inexorable elimination of the superfluous (and other adventures)

For today’s index cards, we got the acrylic paints out and had some fun! The boys produced an abstract masterpiece each. Here’s Gman’s:

icad # 18 g

And Waif’s:

icad # 18 r (2)

I used the paints to pre-prepare some backgrounds for future icads:

icad backgrounds

Watch this space to see how they develop 🙂

Most of my cards (as you may have noticed) involve words of some sort and today’s is no exception. The boys and I are reading Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild” and this phrase just jumped out at me:

icad # 18 v

The context in the book is in relation to what to pack on your sled for cross-Arctic journeying, but I rather think it makes a good motto for living one’s life. What do you think?

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17 thoughts on “The inexorable elimination of the superfluous (and other adventures)

  1. Dianne says:

    these cards are looking good…that quote is certainly insightful. why does ‘stuff’ take over our lives?

  2. FranT says:

    i like all the cards!! great job by eveybody:)) I like the quote I know the contents of my basement is a bit abundant. I just amazed at how it all accumulates. Garage sale in my future:)

  3. Motherfunker says:

    I think it’s so true. We are born with nothing, we die with nothing, and yet that nothing is everything, and the everything we have in material terms is just stuff….. I like that quote from that fab documentary on the life of Buddha – sometimes you need to lose everything to gain everything….. 🙂

    • vivjm says:

      Or, in the words of Ajahn Chah “If you let go a little you a will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace.”

  4. Sara says:

    I commented on your cards over at the Flickr site but wanted to say again how much I love these particular ones by the boys – great job you two!

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  6. Loving the cards, can hardly wait to see where your beginnings take you, I love seeing the progress to finished pieces!! 🙂

  7. Andria says:

    A worthy goal!!

  8. Jackie W says:

    Great cards! Do you homeschool? I do as well.

  9. Olivia Lane says:

    i love the abstract paintings! Your kids are so talented! Re: the quote: such a great reminder. If we don’t let go of what we don’t need we’ll never have time/space for the things we value. Recently moving house and having to wrap stuff in paper and put it in a boxes (which themselves become surprisingly dear) was a good reminder of that.

    • vivjm says:

      We were planning to move house, which kickstarted getting rid of loads of STUFF…once we had done that we decided that we really quite liked where we are but carried on with the de-stuffing 😉

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