“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, From Faust
Creativity: Signed up for a writing class and looking for another art class
Gratitude: A doctor appointment I’ve patiently waited seven weeks for, and with good results and was taken a few minutes early. Though heavy traffic was reported, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d anticipated. I used to work in this area, and I am thankful I no longer have to drive it daily.
Joy: My son cooking a salmon dinner, a quiet evening with the hubby, having a few hours of R&R this morning
Awareness: I was protected by a canopy of trees as Mother Nature shook her long, wet, silver tresses; the fog and sky waltzed until they became one.
Creativity: Stained glass
Gratitude: A full day of errands scheduled and all accomplished
Joy: Wine tasting
Awareness: The random lights at night in our dark house generate lovely shadow art on our walls…a dimmed lamp creates a rising moon behind the sofa and a sun to the canvas above.
Creativity: Stained glass and drawing
Gratitude: No obligations what so ever today,
Joy: I was absorbed in art inside listening to the wind howl outside…I went out to my delight to find it was 71 degrees and that wind felt wonderful.
Awareness: My body speaks to me (stiff neck, sore back) telling me to slow down, not to spend too much time on certain tasks.
Creativity: Drawing and quilting
Gratitude: My hands…my hands perform a multitude of tasks in a day, not to mention the pleasurables which include the majority of my creative endeavors
Joy: Book club
Awareness: The evening cantata of my house: the stovetop hums while the soup burps, the furnace hisses, a teapot whistles while the computer whispers, voices murmur, the steps creak upon the pitter patter of the cat, the dog’s claws clatter across the wooden floor, and a glass shatters to the floor…the beautiful melody of life.
Creativity: studying art magazines, art journal
Gratitude: clean water
Joy: Talking “art mediums and methods” with my friend while our husbands talked “shop”
Awareness: Calming the compulsion of creation is as much of a struggle as shushing the voice of procrastination.
Creativity: art journal, reading about writing
Gratitude: Being able to pull a precooked casserole from the freezer and pop it in the oven, voila dinner is done!
Joy: Smiling faces and giggles
Awareness: Purple, green, yellow, pink, and blue, lines defined in an arc against a white canvas…with the swipe of a fingertip they overlap and blend or someone might see it as a smudge; the same thing goes with altered dreams. Perception is in the eye of the beholder…life is art.
Creativity: stained glass design
Joy: Acknowledgement, even in the silence
Awareness: Silence. It mingles in the crevice between my throat and tongue, waiting for connection of heart and mind. It gathers in the space between pen and paper. It covers me like a warm, soft blanket as I lay awake at night. It penetrates my bones as I walk through life and is the battery of my existence.