Not so Fast

Not So fast

Not So Fast

Hurry, we need to get there before everyone else!
If we wait too long, it will all be gone!
Not so fast.

We need to follow the leader!
He knows where he is going!
Not so fast.

We need to fly as high as we can!
Birds are meant to touch the sky!
Not so fast.

Is “Not so fast” all you can say?
I can say take things slow. Consider the best course. Follow your own heart.
There is lots of wonders near the ground. Enjoy today, right here, right now,
or fly as high as you can reach, as fast as your wings can take you,
or as far as you have dreamed.

Michael Corob 7/6/2014

This is one of the story paintings that I will include in my upcoming book, Story Paintings Joining Hearts. I am in the process of selecting 18 sets of stories and paintings from over 60 that I have created since 2007, when I published my last set.

The following is my first draft of the introduction to the book. Your comments, either in comments section, or via e-mail at youani@aol.com, are appreciated.

Hurry, we need to get there before everyone else!
If we wait too long, it will all be gone!
Not so fast.

We need to follow the leader!
He knows where he is going!
Not so fast.

We need to fly as high as we can!
Birds are meant to touch the sky!
Not so fast.

As the story continues, the young bird realizes and expresses that there is plenty for everyone, that he can set his own course, and that he can reach as high or as low as he desires.
The caring grandfather reading the story- painting with his granddaughter discusses the bird’s challenges. The child imagines what it would be like to be the bird, and shares how she would be afraid of the other birds. The grandfather remembers a time when he resisted following the leader, then tells the story and what he learned from the experience. The activity becomes a happy conversation, and two hearts are joined. When the 20 minute experience is over, both the child and the grandparent will have gained new insight, and will leave with a more positive outlook.

This is the power of a story and a kind storyteller.
This book is a full of stories, images and suggestions for enthusiastic, but not so confident older story tellers to use to help young people with challenges to appreciate nature, to develop self-esteem and to gain confidence in creative expression.
Welcome to Story Paintings Joining Hearts.

I am sure that you will enjoy the adventure.

Michael Corob

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