Saturday, July 31, 2010

I Am Not Meek!

"Meekness? What's with meekness?"

That's what I wondered when I saw the July Character Trait of the Month on page 2 of our local newspaper. There was something about this that I just didn't get.

Part of what I didn't get was the rest of the advertisement. I mean I couldn't visually decipher it. The font was small, and the print was blurry and gray on gray. I knew there was a further explanation, but I needed more coffee and better light before I could find it.

The complete text read, "Meekness vs. Anger. Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve." I still didn't get it. Next stop, the dictionary. This is what I learned: Meek means mild of temper, gentle, not easily provoked or irritated. Ok, that sounds fine. But meek also means submissive. That's where I draw the line.

I decided to take a survey of other people. My sample was the four people I was eating dinner with. All were thirty-somethings--an English professor, a college librarian, a stay-at-home mom who previously taught math, and a software developer. Only the English professor is a male. (Note to gender discrimination sensitive individuals: He's only listed first because I asked him first, starting at my left side.)

The English professor contributed a biblically-based, academic answer. The college librarian elaborated. The stay-at-home mom and the software developer focused on the submissive aspect. Battered women were mentioned. The occasional feminist, software developer objected to a person having to yield personal rights. The college librarian said that meekness was not always viewed positively.

Even though my survey participants are in a different age group than I am, I look at things the same way they do. It seems to me that meekness connotes submissiveness, which I do not usually view as a positively trait.

I don't have a hot temper, I don't often get angry or irritated, but I am not submissive. I am not meek!

My BJP for July focuses on my non-meekness.

I chose the least meek color I could find. Except for orange. I've played with orange before, and you can see the results here. This is an orange-red-bright coral combination.

Non-meekness is not flat. It shows its lack of submissiveness with texture.

Technical Details:

This page is beaded on Lacy's Stiff Stuff sprayed with some red Memories Mist.

There are more than 30 kinds of beads in this piece. There are a few 15/0s, some 11/0s, 8/0s. and 6/0s. There are some very cute 15/0 triangles, some cat's eyes, some daggers, a couple of little hearts, a few cubes, and one dangling Swarovski crystal. There are two kinds of beads that are slightly smaller that the 15/0s and have extremely tiny holes.

I used the back stitch, couching, the stop stitch, fringe, and a twisted stitch.

It is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

I used red AA C-lon thread. For the beads with the tiny holes, I used a size 13 needle and grey Nymo OO thread.

What I Was Thinking:

I was thinking about being not-meek. I was hoping that this was not a horrible character flaw, because I don't think I'm going to turn meek in my old age. I have to admit that it was fun reveling in my non-meekness and playing with these non-meek beads.

Issues That Came Up:

It's not all that easy to thread a size 13 needle. I do need some vision correction, which will happen in the near future.

I have a ton of non-meek beads left. I'll have to do something with them.

Want to know more about character traits? Check out the website of the West Michigan Character Council.


a2susan said...

In the time I've been following your BJP blog, I would never even consider the word "meek" to describe you. And I think that 30 different beads in red captures your non-meekness perfectly! Bold, spirited, fun, adventurer...

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Yup! This is not a meek BJP! It's great and in one of my favourite colours to boot. BTW, I am not meek either, despite being a July baby. Was it July that was supposed to be meek? I was born towards the end, so that makes me a Leo. What are you?

Robbie said...

You are not are not meek! I just love the color of your piece (as well as the beading!)..beautiful!

Carol said...

Perfect! beads to depict bold, not meek. Maybe that is part of the reason these are shades of my favorite color (next to purple). Great Post. I often see ads in the paper or commerials I just don't get. Even after a trip to the dictionary I don't get em.

beadbabe49 said... that non-submissive flag, girl!

(I love it!)

Miri Agassi said...

Red is one of my favorite colors. I read what you wrote. I was born in the 17th of July. Does it make me meek too??? Yuk. I am not meek!!! I protest too.!!
I love your work, anyway. :)

Anonymous said...

Marty, I love the way you always use numerous tones of only one color to achieve such interesting pieces. No one of meek nature could do that! ;)

Penny said...

Perfect example of a non-meek beading project!! No one could accuse you of being meek. I love all the thought that went into your July BJP.

Whytefeather said...

Love the not-meek-ness! I wish I could touch and feel the texture of this piece, just draws me right in. Beautiful beadwork!

Diane Roeder said...

I've just subscribed to your blog through Reader and am really enjoying your posts. It's so great to read a little about the materials, technique you used, etc.

Diane Roeder said...

I have just subscribed and am enjoying your blog immensely. I love the fact that you provide a little information: materials, technique, etc.