By Joye Smith on June 22, 2015
When you are upset or worried, what is one thing that is of comfort to you? I start my conference on Helping Preschoolers Deal with Fears by asking participants this question. I give each person a fabric square, and ask them to draw on the fabric the thing that is of comfort. We then put all the fabric squares together to make a sort of “comfort” quilt. When they start drawing, someone usually jokingly comments about their lack of artistic talent. I assure them we are not looking at artistic talent but at the ways that we are each comforted.
I have been amazed at the many things people have drawn on their fabric squares. Last week when I led the conference, one person drew her cat. I could imagine how it would be comforting to pet her furry cat while it sits in her lap. Another person drew the outdoors, and said it is comforting to walk outdoors. A person drew friends to remind us how friends can comfort us. Others in my conferences have drawn a cup of tea, the Bible, praying hands, and a big pillow.