I am dreaming of Spring, are you too?
Oh, I forgot, it is already Spring.. lol
In the weeks before Spring bursts
And the most harsh, cold, snappy wintry days seem to be, hopefully, safely behind us
I begin to visualize my garden which I've only seen in my dreams...
Complete with fields of colorful faces
Without me even trying to coax them
Bobbing and swaying with the wind
Where feeding, weeding and watering are not required
And yet everything thrives with robust optimism
And I am allowed the time to continue to do what I love best
Twiddling with my brushes and mucking about with my paints....
All forms of life are stirring from their wintry sleep
Blooming, bursting with new verve and intent
But some have ventured into a forever sleep
Thus we remember their yester beauty, their sweet scent, the way they made us feel
But we have to forge ahead... keeping their memories alive in the special corners of our hearts
In memory of our loved ones who have moved onto another adventure..
To the ones who still hurt from their departure..
This is to remind me that everyone goes through different phases in their lives
And so to embrace each phase
With the understanding that we'll move from one season to the next..
Nancy very kindly brought in her collection of hats
And a beautiful handpainted silk velveteen cloak
For us to paint together
Oh my, how elegant she must have looked
When she was draped in this rich cloak to attend the Operas!
And she let me try it on!
I felt like I transformed into a Countess from The Middle Ages......
It lasted but for a moment! lol
As soon as I took it off
The magic was gone
Can we mentally put on a symbolic cloak everyday
That allows us to step into a different self?
A self that we aspire to be
Until it becomes a new norm of our being?
Woke up to the news on Christmas Day
That George Michael had passed
So many enjoy the gifts of his artistic musicality
And yet his fame and fortune
Did not innoculate him from a life of challenges and difficulties
This brings to mind this useful tip I just heard:
Set your alarm to go off on the hour
And when it strikes..
Take stock of where your mind is and recentre...
Useful tip, huh?
RIP and enjoy Paradise now, George Michael
You didn't see that you were already in one
Thank you ...
For sharing your genius and your quiet generosity
During your short, sweet life!
Charcoal on paper
Don't believe in everything you think, especially the self-shaming and self-limiting thoughts! ^_^