Maria and I just received this letter:
So, there we were in beautiful France, being blessed with some free time among friends. They drove off, on a daily basis, while I stayed at the base camp filling my days with long walks, and mostly tangling. For hours and hours and hours . . .
This caught the eye of one of the other bikers — a woman who was obviously going through some stuff at that time. She walked up to me and, a little bit annoyed, asked, “What is this thing you are always doing and why do you have this grin on your face while doing it?” As I tried to explain what Zentangle is and offered to teach her, she interrupted and asked, “But, what do you do with them afterwards?”
I thought about it for a second and replied: “I just keep them.” And then I asked, “What do you do with the result of your bike tour after a drive of 250 kms? Isn’t it all about the journey?”
She looked at me and said, “You are so weird!”
I replied with a kind smile, “Yes, you are probably right. And I am also happy.
It truly made me realize, as I had been there, that the teacher can indeed only appear when the student is ready. I also felt beyond compare grateful and blessed for Zentangle art because it has changed my life in such a tremendous positive way that I cannot even begin to explain it. It brought me so many things, but above all, it brings me happiness, day after day after day.
Now to me that seems like the best gift anybody can give you.
So, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the gift of Zentangle.
Love and blessings to all of you.
To which I replied,
Thank you so much for that story!
"Coincidentally," Maria and I were talking with friends on Saturday, when you emailed about this very topic.
Imagine how wonderful it would be for some future generation to discover your treasured collection of Zentangle tiles; how they would carefully appreciate each one.
Best regards from one who is often also called "weird",
On our recent trip to Germany, CZT Ela Rieger shared with us her album of over 1,000 tiles!
And here are some examples of where we have tiles up around our house . . .
In the past, we have written a few blogs about this topic as well:
So, what do YOU do with your tiles?