September 2017: Windmill

September 2017 MotM: Windmill

I originally sketched out this mandala in 2002. It lay dormant until it caught my eye while going through my sketches yesterday looking for a design for the September MotM.

Even just as a line drawing it has a three dimensional look about it, waiting patiently for a gust of wind to start it moving again. Sometimes we feel like that. We’ve done all that we think we can and we wait patiently (or impatiently) for something to happen, for a gust of wind to move our sails.

I’m reminded of a line from the movie “Working Girl” where Sigourney Weaver’s character encourages Melanie Griffith’s character by telling her “You don’t get anything from this world by waiting for it to come to you” and to adopt the affirmation “I make it happen.”

So why wait for something or someone to make things happen for us? Often times what we’re waiting for is something that may (and will) never happen: waiting for things to be perfect. FTS!

Here’s the template for the sentence we tend to use:

I’m going to           (do this)           once          (this happens)                      .

For example:

  • I’m going to audition for plays once I lose weight
  • I’m going to write my novel once the kids are grown
  • I’m going to travel once I retire
  • I’m going to clean out the garage once I have some extra time
  • I’m going to start painting once I have some extra space

“Windmill” encourages us to re-think this strategy because all these things are just fear disguised as convenient excuses.

  • If you really want to act, then act even if it’s in your living room.
  • If you truly want to travel, then start by traveling to places near you that you have yet to visit.
  • If you truly want an organized garage, then start with creating a “5-minute” plan of action (a list of tasks that could be done in 5 minutes)…or make it a 10 or 15-minute action plan.

“Windmill” tells us that if we truly, in our heart of hearts, want to “do this“, then do it! There is always some action we can take, regardless of how small, to move it forward. And it could be that all we need do is change the direction of our sails (a different perspective) to create the momentum.

We can start by asking ourselves each morning:

What one thing can I do today to put the the wind in my sails?

If you’d like this mandala to color, send a request via my contact page.


A bit of a change with the Mandalas of the Month starting with July. In an effort to focus more on painting and creating mandala art and less on writing content, I’ll now be posting mandala designs that have been waiting in the wings, so to speak, to come into form. Throughout each month I’ll be painting them and posting my progress on my Mandala of the Day blog.

NOTE: The mandala will be free for you to download for one week, after that contact me about how to receive the mandala.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen,
The Mandala Lady

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