Seeing with the Eye of My HeartI love postage stamps, and somewhat lament the lack of elegantly stamped letters in my mail box these days as mail is more often delivered without the hassles of rain, sleet, or snow, just the vagaries of cyberspace. And I love the tactile experience of carving my own rubber stamps from Soft Kut printing blocks that can be used again and again to make my mark on some new surface. Along with several sunflower stamps, one of my favorites is Seeing With the Eyes of My Heart.

The ladies at the Lighthouse played with those and other stamps last week as we painted and stamped sandwich wrap papers to be used in a future art activity. But as the weekend unfolded, I began to be aware of another kind of stamp – the stamp one puts on another’s life when they portray them dramatically.

Friday evening we watched Tommy Lee Jones put his stamp on General Douglas MacArthur’s character in the recently released Emperor. Bearing no physical resemblance to a well-known (to my generation) historical figure, I found myself uneasy about the truthfulness of his portrayal. Yet, I had absolutely no problem fully believing in his portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln, a seemingly larger than life character previously unknown to me. Sunday evening we enjoyed Ed Asner’s one-man show FDR in Thousand Oaks. Two decades his senior, Asner’s gravelly growl unlike FDR’s patrician voice, and bearing no physical resemblance, nevertheless, he put his stamp the wisdom and wit of the 32nd President who was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century. I asked questions all the way home of my history loving husband about the accuracy of Asner’s portrayal.

Both of these portrayals seemed to be the actor putting their unique stamp on another person’s character. Yet there are other actor’s who seem to embody the character’s they portray. Certainly Daniel Day Lewis’ recent acclaimed Lincoln jumps immediately to mind. As well as Meryl Streep’s portray of Julia Child in Julie and Julia. Her Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady was close, although there were friends and political contemporaries who took exception to some of Streep’s creative license.

That’s probably the lesson in all this stamp making. The stamps are not the real thing. They often emphasize only some aspects of the person, not the whole person. Lots of the background is carved away to highlight certain strong lines or shapes. Those may be true, but they’re not the whole story. Not the whole person. Even for those folks, like most of us, who hope to put our stamp on the world.

If you were to see with the eye of your heart, what might you see differently? What difference would that make in your life? What aspects of a specific person’s character would you most like to embody? If you were to put your stamp on the world, how would you like to be remembered?

Hoping to hear from you. I so enjoy your comments!


3 comments to Stamp

  • Maybe we should design cyber stamps. What fun!

  • Diane Kessler

    I’d like to be remembered as a twinkle in God’s smiling eyes….a creative, quirky, raw, vulnerable form of Christ’s life and heart. I want to be a reminder of the exquisitely tender lovingkindness of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Great post Lynne.
    I think of the stamp my parent’s put on my life and the stamp I hope to have in the life of my kids. My dad, stamped on me the love of story telling, the importance of listening and the reality ,that people don’t determine my world, but I’ve got a lot of say in what I do. My mom stamped on me. Mom stamped on me the importance of hard work, and what some my call codependence is in reality just giving God everything for the sake of another. Me? the stamp I’m hoping to give to me kids is that no matter what, God is good and God loves us. Also, every person has a story, get to know the story.

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