Drawings by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Drawings by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Taken from my 1997 sketchbook. I used a typical ball point pen. Drawn at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK where we were going at the time.
The woman in the foreground was a friend of ours. She had done some sort of magic to her hair that morning because it was perfectly coiffed and very shiny. The woman behind her had nice hair too, but it was SO wildly different that I was drawn to the juxtaposition.
Drawing by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
And that secret person comes out sometimes. What is the catalyst for the innocent
and good, the self filled with unselfconscious love and joy, to come out. What playmate,
what cause, what endeavor calls to you through your psychic neighborhood and you
That is your secret undamaged self as a grown up person. The more you let that person
out, the less the damaged shell will control you. The less you will lean on alcohol or drugs
or anger or grudges or shopping or sex or any number of things to avoid the damaged part of you.
I am not just talking about the damaged part of you now or in the past. I am also talking
about your fear of the future. You might look at the future and see only your damaged,
incapable self, unable to cope and function and enjoy life. That stops you from taking away
the addictions or destructive behaviors. You don’t think you will have what it takes to cope
And the truth is, maybe you are right. BUT, realistically….is your damaged self
coping all that well now or in the future? Do you envision a successful life with your damaged
self leading the way? I am not saying you have to be undamaged to have a successful life. But
I am saying that the more you allow your undamaged self to come out, the more you will enjoy
whatever life, whatever success, you have.
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Becoming who you want to be is a deliberate act. It does not happen by accident and it
does not happen just because you want to be a certain way. It comes about because you
practice being that way. It is no different than exercise or practicing an instrument or
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