I’ve been very excited to post this page and the pages that come after it for some time now. Partly because I love drawing the Dreaming pages. And partly because they’re really, really fun pages. And even more so because I enjoy Mizha’s journey in this particular chapter, and I hope the rest of you do too.
One of the things I like about her trip into a new Dreaming is that it’s sparked by the conversation she had with Kali last chapter. I enjoy how someone can say something rather small, and likely years down the line they won’t remember it at all, but that small sentence can burrow into a person’s brain and their heart and their soul and take root. A small sentence can transform an entire personal paradigm. Mizha has always thought herself helpless. The idea that, just maybe, she isn’t helpless at all is a very big deal for her. And I’m really excited to explore with her exactly what she can do when she believes in her own ability to create change.
For myself, there’s lots of small sentences that had big impacts for me. “You give too much credit to bad men,” helped me see how I’ve always tended to excuse bad behavior in others because I wasn’t good at setting and defending healthy boundaries and limitations. “You do your work with integrity, honesty, and intensity,” became a key phrase of self-validation and self-definition for when I’m in a depressive state. And, of course, the three pieces of wisdom that I learned from Dale Becker, which I talked about in a blog a few weeks ago. When I stop to think about it, it almost seems like every major shift in my life has been born of a small sentence that altered the course of my thinking and self-perception.
What small sentence has made a big difference in your life?