Worrying comes easy to some. Tiny shards of negativity slowly pile up like Jenga bricks and should they let them, come toppling down in a dramatic symphony of tears and tantrums. Others sail through life's peaks and troughs without so much as a backward glance and march forward into the future without baggage. Me, I tend to walk the fence between the two.
On a good day I embrace life with all its quirks and roll along in time with it. Then, when the conditions are ripe; fuelled with late nights and too much caffeine, I can slide down into a swamp of sticky, all consuming negativity. I've found that simply getting on with it seems to be the best way for me to haul myself out of the dark; to show no hospitality to these thoughts with my industry and send them packing.
The Guatemalan people believe that tiny, colourful dolls can ease a whirly mind. By passing your worries onto these little friends and placing them where you dream, they will relieve you of your burdens during the night and generously carry them away. As worries are more often than not unpleasant thoughts that we choose to wallow in (and scenarios highly unlikely to unfold) I like the simplistic thinking of this. It really is such a beautiful and whimsical way of simply saying, "let it go". And one I have found very powerful for my honey girl....and me for that matter.
We made some tiny worry dolls as we explored the colourful culture of Guatemala. Using small dolly pegs we wrapped embroidery thread around them and secured with craft glue, then added woollen hair and simple features. We whispered our worries to them and placed them under our pillows and let their quiet magic soothe our troubles.