I went to town to buy myself a printer. I’m kind of old school and love working with hard copies of documents. In the printer box was a CD, to install it I suppose; I didn’t look carefully at it. I don’t have a CD slot on my current computer, so I pondered what to do with it–this object included in the package for which I had no use. Or so I thought.

I decided to take a piece of yarn and tie the CD to a low branch on one of the maple trees outside my grandpa’s old home on my reservation. Now I sit at a little writing desk looking out the window at the tree, CD, and bit of yellow yarn that enables the CD to move and dance, spreading rainbow light all around. How pretty it looks in the slight breeze and bright sunshine of this cool spring morning. There’s movement, elegance, and grace in this office-supply-turned-yard-art.

Just think–these simple items: an unwanted CD, an extra bit of yarn–surplus, disposable items–have brought wonder, joy, and focus to my life. I bet this is a future the CD and yarn weren’t expecting. Just like that–their purpose and existence are transformed.


I wonder what my next transformation will be?

I’ll try to pay attention and notice the unexpected gifts and possibilities all around me.

Photo Credit: “JER_2814” by Ol-Jerr is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Published by Michelle M. Jacob

Owner of Anahuy Mentoring

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