It’s approximately Sunday. And here I am back in my garden again with coffee in hand. Does twice make a habit? In a circling state of déjà vu – here once more, a Poem and her Haiku about… Pygmalion.
What others hold you to – does it make a difference? In a word, yes. Recall in Metamorphosis, Ovid’s sculptor carved his dream companion in statue form. His longing for love, and most critically Aphrodite’s intervention, brings his bride-to-be to life.
The power of this tale is perhaps, a love triangle: a change agent; a believer; and the art of result. All three elements make up what psychologist call the Pygmalion Effect. As for the phenomenal horse do read the News story in the link below.
Circle of Influence
Like Pygmalion, You
An Expect Has The Affect
Carves You, Statue, New
Thought you didn’t, have it in you?
But someone says, most sure you might.
A belief in your potential
Reveals a path, which sets your sights,
Begets a circle, spun to grow,
Due diligence, then makes it so.
In the News: The Pygmalion Effect: Proving Them Right
Jean-Leon Gérôme painted Pygmalion and Galatea (featured image) several times – seeking the perfect expression. Belief of a higher standard, going further than before, doesn’t necessarily depend on someone else believing in our potential. We can do this for ourselves. As did Gérôme in this only extant version – a definitive expression of his best efforts and highest standard.