My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. ~ Anais Nin
I met someone, today, I haven’t met in a long time. And he reminded me that I once used to write my blog nearly every day. I remember that. Time has been unusual for me, this year. I’ve had a lifetime of going slow, that was important to me and I wished for it. Even prayed for it while my oldest two children were children. Now, they are teenagers. One is 16, one is fourteen. I used to pray that each day would seem longer than it really was. And, I found it to be true.
Not that I don’t still want that but, when I had my third child, life kind of revved up a little. I became busier and life passed just a little faster. I live in a very conscientious way. I slow down, I notice details. I take in the world around me and appreciate those around me. Tonight, I paused for a moment and was still. I listened to someone, in person, tell me he reads my blog. I was without words. I appreciate so much the people who are here. I know my mom is here – thank you, Mom!! Thank you to my friends and family who have been encouraging and supportive of my creativity and of my life, over the years. Some of you, I have known for only a few years, others for a lifetime. And, there are new people in my life I have known less than a year. I love you all. Thank you for taking the time in your life to be present in mine.
Today, the photo I want to use is a new variation of my familiar painting, Regatta. This one is the loosest, most impressionistic version I have created. I have the original with the peaceful water. I have Acid-Washed Regatta, which was painted while listening to screaming rock. I was listening to Train while painting the most recent. Haven’t yet named it and, as always, I’m taking suggestions. I like listening to Train while painting. It is a peaceful and loving music. It is just the right pace for me.
What have I learned, today? Something I knew, already, but something it is good to be continually mindful of: listen to the people around you. Listen with your eyes, listen with your heart, then listen with your ears. Those around you will tell you much, if you are available to truly take in their messages. Take it in, give back, then use the interaction to collaborate in your life. Each of us impacts another. This is good.
Life is good,