Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Maximum Wellness


I remember a time when I believed in the magic of teddy bears. The eyes of the teddy bears I made would follow me wherever I went. It always made me smile as I recognized their presence in my life.

Over time the magic left. I forgot that my bears used to watch me walk around. I forgot that they used to play and dance and laugh and giggle and tell teddy stories when I was at work.

I had begun to judge rather than love. I had begun to compare rather than celebrate differences. I had started to think that money was the object. That each bear had a price tag instead of an assignment. And the magic gradually died.

I had forgotten the purpose of my gift. To create loving bears to pass along healing and love to whomever they were lucky enough to be passed on to.

I have recently been working with an old pattern I created back in the early nineties. I call it my Maxwell Pattern, because I designed the teddy bear “Maxwell” as a symbol of “maximum wellness” and my idea was that this bear would be created to help others through their own hard times.

Shortly before I designed and completed Maxwell I had returned come home from six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation for the cancer that threatened to end my life. One of the things that helped me through the ordeal (aside from my loved ones) was my favorite teddy bear “Ben.”


A few days ago I completed a bear and I felt the return of something magical. Because she looked at me. Her eyes followed me and I thought to myself, “I remember when that used to happen all the time.”


Today it happened again when I finished another bear while sitting on the deck in the sunshine. His eyes followed me and I felt my heart open and tears well up in my eyes.


My bears are never going to win prizes or compete for the best in their class. They don’t need to. That is not their purpose. They are average, everyday teddy bears and their purpose is to bring “maximum wellness” to whomever they are lucky enough to be presented to. And my purpose is to simply bring them into the world, so they can complete theirs.

I knew that something happened, something good, something ancient, something familiar when I turned 59; this new/old awareness is part of it and I feel full to the brim!

Thanks for sharing in the magic!

Love and hugs from Vicki and the bears


  1. Your teddy bears and your words are magical and oh so beautiful, Vicki. They came straight through and into my heart.
    Love you, dear friend.
    Laura ♥

  2. I can see how you would just get caught up in the business of it... it's wonderful to read the magic is back!!!

  3. So happy for you! My eyes filled with tears when I read your post! What lovely, special bears you make! :o)

  4. It makes me smile to read all your comments. You truly know what I mean :)

  5. Vicki, you will never know what this post meant to me today. I have been in a dark, dark tunnel and I spent the whole afternoon thinking about my bears and how they just don't shape up at all. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your post - I am ready for my new little bear now!! Let the magic begin again!!

    Pat xx

  6. Hi Pat, It really is about heart, isn't it... and I can feel the heart of South Africa coming through your creations today! Love, Vicki

  7. I'm glad you've caught the spark again! Such a great post. Thank you for sharing with us. I love BellaLynda!

  8. Thanks for dropping by, Debora. Hopefully the spark in some form lasts... and the same goes for you. Hugs, Vicki

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