If you’ve been reading My Three Sons, you are well acquainted with Miquette Bishop, her whimsical and magical OMs, and the work of the Siravos and The Matty Fund.
Today I am thrilled to introduce you to Thabit–the creation of Miquette Bishop and ambassador to The Matty Fund. He is a beautiful blue OM who watches over children and is a messenger of compassion and courage–exactly what those whose lives are touched by epilepsy need–today and every day, from themselves and others.
Here Miquette shares with readers a little about herself and the birth of this very special OM.
SH: First a little background: Can you tell readers about yourself and about the origin of OMs?
MB: I was born into a family driven by free-spirited imagination and a sense of unlimited possibility. My parents have been my greatest inspiration, both in art and in life. Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, I spent much of my happy childhood living in France. I have also lived in Boston and Australia but call Rhode Island my home. My ambitions are as limitless as my imagination. The OM community continues to grow, and new connections are being made every day. Slowly but surely, OMs have made the journey from my Saunderstown studio to every corner of the globe! OMs were born out of my constant search for new and exciting challenges and my desire to connect with people around the world. Suddenly my dream of sending 100,000,000 OMs into the world doesn’t seem so far away.
My family is still my deepest and most inspiring connection. I have three beautiful daughters, Miranda, Zoe, and Molly, who supply endless amounts of love and laughter. We live in Saunderstown with my husband and fellow artist Peter Zuerner, a fine woodworker and custom furniture maker. Our home is shared with my mother, several hundred OMs, three dogs, four cats, an African
lovebird, 12 chickens, four roosters, four ducks, a horse called General Lee and a pony named Vinny.
Creating OMs has been a natural extension of my experience living, loving, and creating beauty. They are little messengers that bring a bit of the magic I have lived with all my life with them wherever they go. OMs are free spirits–huggers, dreamers, and teachers. Just like me. And when you invite an OM into your life, you’ll know exactly what that means.
SH: Who is Thabit, and what was the inspiration for his creation?
MB: Thabit was created to be a nighttime OM for children. He’s great for anyone; but when I was thinking of him, I wanted him to be dreamy, to help with tears and fears, and be completely magical. I wanted him to give a sense of comfort, which is why he is in blue. His blue reflects a strong sense of courage and compassion: courage to be imperfect, courage to let go, courage to let the real you come through and compassion to be kind to yourself, always. It was a tall order, but I think he came out pretty well. He’s sweet and beautiful, and his yellow star lights the way.
SH: What is about Thabit that speaks to families who have been touched by epilepsy?
MB: He is a soft light of peace, security and comfort. He’s a good fit for The Matty Fund, and he’s proud to be a part of it.
SH: You have plans to create OMs for other organizations. Can you speak to that?
MB: It would be nice to create as many OMs as there are organizations and maybe that will happen….I see a 100 million OMs and a world where people are connected. This was said by a good friend of mine. Maybe it will be true as well for the connection between OMs and organizations as well–100 million OMs and a world where people and organizations are connected!
I’ve already created OMs, and the organizations already exist. I just want to put them together and help network them the only way I can. My philosophy is that ‘we are all connected,’ and I think civilization is in a time where people are beginning to really realize this more than ever. Our lives are so intertwined, and I love that! I think the more we realize this and open up, the more magical happenings are created. As Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe once said, “…The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.” Being committed to my work has opened so many doors, and the direction that I want to move toward, helping and networking the best I can, continues to evolve organically every day.
I think it’s a waste to have a product that doesn’t have a purpose. I think all products should have a purpose. The purpose of OMs is to connect and network, similar to what Facebook does, only through a product: a product of remembrance, of connection. You give an OM to connect with another–known or unknown; so the idea to network organizations, or anything else, through each OM’s personal web page is just another wonderful way to help in the world. Ideas are endless, and I want to explore all of them!
SH: What words do you (or perhaps Thabit) have for children who have epilepsy and the people who love them?
MB: Thabit would say that it’s important to talk openly and proudly about our lives and our unique stories; they make up who we are. And sharing our stories with others is how change and miracles happen. It’s about connection, the feeling of being truly connected! Our stories connect us. Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it we’re lost. To quote Paul Hawken: ”All is connected….no one thing can change by itself.”