The Witch in the Wood

This little doodle was inspired by a knot in the wood on the side of a bookshelf that lives near the door to the garden.

I love the part of our human minds that sees images where they don’t really exist – faces in clouds, dragons in the fire, or fairies at the bottom of the garden. This tendency to see patterns in random arrangements of light is well documented and is thought to be important to our basic survival instincts… a way of identifying potential threats to our safety.

Yet here I am, using that same skill to tell myself a story about a tiny little witch in the woods. Our minds are wonderfully clever and wonderfully silly at the same time. I see it as a reminder: we can do some pretty amazing things… but it’s good not to take ourselves too seriously. When we play, we open doors to new and interesting things 🙂