Wednesday, June 02, 2010

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! 
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people! 
This is my absolute favourite Maori proverb. I guess it may rub some people the wrong way, but personally, I love the total commitment to the answer - It is people! Exclamation mark.
This is what I have been thinking about these last few days. How far could I get, in any area in life, without the people around me? 
That's where everything on this earth begins and ends, right? I don't  mean that in a 'replacing spirituality' kind of way. I mean, from the beginning of our life, people, other people, impact us. We are grown in a person, fed by people, taught affection and character and habits by people...
How important people are. To us, as human beings. These are the things I have been mulling over this last week (in no particular order)...
  • The comments people made when they saw my first cushions and the seed planted by that
  • The patience of friends when I get stuck in a creative rut
  • Consistent encouragement from particular friends
  • Lessons people have taught me to continue the growth of my creativity
  • Friends who come into my life for a particular season and taken me on a path I could not have known without them!
  • Certain people have more influence on my creativity
  • How grateful I am to those who have taken the time to teach me, encourage me, do tasks for me, love me and buy my product!
  • Do I do enough for you to warrant an equal relationship, over all? 
  • How can I pay all these good works forward, look after others like I have been looked after?
  • How do I get and keep peoples attention for Blanket Statements?
  • Cats are human too
  • My husband is perfect. Just perfect.
This is what has been filling my ginger head, wonderful people. I appreciate your patience, guidance, love and incredibly helpful teachings. In Cantonese - Do je lei. Thank you so much.

Day 20: 1st June 2010
Tip 4: Remember people.



Emma said...


John Brown Rose said...

I love your second to last thought. Fur babies xxx Also loving your creativity...that what inspires me about your blanket statements...I love it how your ideas are so fresh and so you..unique! I think that's how you keep it top of mind! Don't worry too much...just keep doing what your doing!

Melissa-Jade Gregan, said...

Hey thanks you two! That is very encouraging...I was thinking specifically of you both in those thoughts above.

Dee said...

Are cats reeeeally human too? Mind you, my husband would agree with you.


Melissa-Jade Gregan, said...

YES!!!!! And thanks babe - yours too!!

Mariella Day said...

Beautifully put! x

Melissa-Jade Gregan, said...

Thank you friend x

alisha said...

Well I know for sure that you were put in my life for a season. :) I think you do a great job paying forward with your overflowing creativity! Hi from Seattle btw!

Rachael Randal said...

I love this post! Especially like the second-to-last bullet point :-)

Anna said...

Very true! I think one of your cats may even think he is....superhuman

Melissa-Jade Gregan, said...

Thank you Rachael! I hear you have one too - if its open to the public I would love to see it! and Yes Annie, our darling Ronaldo thinks he is Royalty. i love that about him actually! x

Hi Alisha! You are missed missed missed!!