Mandolyn Orrell | Week 7

Week 7

Lets start this with a quick update on the events of the week: I played Jill’s Personal Assistant since was out of the office all week. You know, getting married and all. It was good to help her out, and it wasn’t near as stressful as I thought it may be. I also got to get out of Half Moon Bay!! Spent time with Diana in Mountain View from Wednesday to Friday, which was SUCH a blessing. It was great seeing the sunshine, and just getting out a bit. Worked in the Store on Saturday (the AMAZING new online store is up and running! Check it out!). After working in the store on Saturday, I went to Jill’s wedding reception. Can I just say, Jill was an absolutely stunning bride! So beautiful. The reception was a lot of fun; definitely one of the best receptions I have ever been to. She loved her Tardis cookie jar the Fellows gave her. Haha! Good job picking it out, Christy!

Now, onto thoughts…..

You see, I love all things art. One form of art that I love to do is ceramics. I’m a potter. I throw on the wheel and make bowls, vases, plates, and whatnot. I do it for hobby. I do it for stress relief. I do it because I get to play with mud and not be seen as a little kid while I do it.

When creating a vessel on a potter’s wheel, the first step is to centre the mound of clay. In doing so, you give the vessel the firm foundation it needs to be created evenly. This must be done in a cone shape as to get bubbles out of the clay, and get the mound as close to centre as possible. If it is off-centre, even by a few millimetres, the entire pot will be out of sorts and uneven. After centring, you must open the pot. To do so you must find the exact centre of the top of the mound of clay, and press down with one finger while stabilising it with the other hand. If it is not done in the exact centre, the walls will be uneven and it will fall apart. All at the same time, you must be spinning the wheel at just the right speed. If you spin too fast or too slow, you cannot get the mound centred. If you spin too fast, the walls will rip apart. If you spin too slow, the walls will cave in. If the clay is too dry, you will dig into the clay making imperfections and be unable to work with it. If you have the clay too wet, you will weaken the structure of the clay, making it unusable.

Another big thing a potter must check is the clay itself. You must use pure clay. Often times there will be something hidden inside, like a small bit of twig, or a pebble or two. You can go to build up the walls of this absolutely gorgeous pot you’ve created, only to have it completely crumble because a rock was in it, and the rock tore through the wall. Also, if the clay has air bubbles in it, and you go to fire it in the kiln, it will explode and affects all of the other pots that are in the kiln.

I know. I know. You are wondering what does any of this have to do with Not For Sale, being an abolitionist, or the fellowship. Well think about this….

If each of those air bubbles were positive thoughts, positive energy, motivational words, innovative thoughts, how much more effective could we become in making change happen in the world? If every time one of those bubbles popped, it affected others positively. On the other hand, think about if each of those air bubbles were negative thoughts, negative energy, discouraging words, habitual thoughts. How ineffective would we become in allowing change to happen in the world?

To be an abolitionist…
We must know ourselves.
We must know our audience.
We must know our influence.


One response to “Mandolyn Orrell | Week 7

  1. Thanks for all your kind words. I am so happy that you all could join in our celebration. Sometimes our work is so intense and fast paced we forget to stop and celebrate. I love your analogy of the potter’s wheel. Well done all around! NFS depends on our amazing fellows! You all are doing a great job! THANKS THANKS AND THANKS!

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