Before the opening of the small shop that dared to exist, there was the artist, Mia, who had to learn from a design that didn't uplift when raised in the air. She set the mobile down on her work table and carefully laid the family of elephants flat. It wasn't going to be easy to start over.
Maybe she was being too critical, and the mobile was fine. But her creative instincts disagreed and guided her right hand towards the top drawer where she stored her tools. The muscles along her shoulders grew tensed. She knew what had to be done even if she didn't quite know where she was going with the elephant made of jade, agate, jasper, and onyx.
She pulled out the cutter and brought the sharp, steel blades to the wire supporting the baby elephant alone on one side. She pressed the cutter and snapped off the copper chain. The fire-polished glass beads rolled off, the elephant loosened. And the knots in Mia's shoulders relaxed a little. She was letting go of the failed design. With each snip and cut and clearing of the copper materials, a mild relief was released from Mia's fingers. She was creating a second chance.
The last wire remnant was removed, and only the core elements remained and placed on a white, porcelain tray. A better design was waiting for her to uncover it—and Mia repeated that promise and quieted the doubts through the repetition. She rearranged the four elephants in various positions. When she moved the fourth elephant to the side, she paused for a moment.
Slowly Mia saw where she had gone wrong in her original design. The distance between each elephant had been too far apart, and it was the reason causing the disharmony in the mobile. The realization sparked a new arrangement, and Mia's fingers were now following a different path back to the root—the strength of the elephants was in their union, supporting and protecting each other through the journey of life.
A new design was emerging.
Mia brought together the other supporting elements—the Botswana agates, chalcedonies, beads, brass, and copper connectors—to the tray. She decided to go with three elephants and not four in the redesign, remembering the feng shui concept in the mystical power of three and the good fortune it brings.
She envisioned a mobile with the elephants united in a vertical, harmonious flow. No longer were they positioned far apart from each other across the copper plane. Her hands embraced the change, trusting the creative process and the lessons learned from past efforts. She gathered the spheres of mixed metal elements to the other side in the open space, then placed the red creek jasper above the copper horizon.
The materials were weighed and adjusted until a balanced combination was reached. Mia's fingers went to work with the cutter and pliers, measuring, cutting, looping, bending, and twisting the copper wires into form. Her hands carefully connecting each piece, feeling a momentous movement past the earlier trials and errors. She hooked the last copper ring and completed the redesign.
Mia set her pliers down and rose from her chair in the carved workspace of her living room. She lifted the mobile with the three elephants united, their stance etched with lines of courage. Each guided by a light within and above. This time, no matter which way they turned—south, west, north, or east—they were together, lifting each other up and a brass disk signifying their new beginning.
In the air the mobile carried with it a harmonious flow of calm and clarity. The artist raised the mobile higher and felt the strength and fortitude of the elephants. She named the art piece the triumphant elephant journey.
Through the next few months and an unfolding of a new season, the artist completed a collection of six mobiles. On the eighteenth day of August, she quietly opened her online shop. There was nervousness, and there was also joy. An artist's dream of creating uplifting designs was given life. A week later she began to share the news about her shop. And on the sixth day of September 2019, she received an email with a brief message that confused her:
Hello Ms. Starr. I had to go with the elephants!
She continued to scroll the email for clarification. Then her eyes widened. She scrolled the email a second time, checking. In front of her was a forwarded receipt confirming her first sale. Happiness filled the artist's eyes and brightened their deep brown hues, her heart feeling the lift of immense gratitude.
The buyer went with the elephants, believing in their triumphant journey. Believing in the artist.
It was a special day, and Mia later noted it in her journal. She recognized the numbers six and nine in the sequence of that day and month, each a multiple of three bringing together the culmination of events reaching a pinnacle. She looked up from her workspace and said thank you. She sent the triumphant elephant journey mobile to the buyer, sending with it a handwritten note of gratitude. She could see the elephants reach their destination and rising, uplifting the space and welcoming the harmonious flow.
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