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I have long admired the wisdom that comes in children's books. Seems some of our most complicated times in our lives can really be so simply solved. I often look for simple solutions.. try to weed out the unnecessary and keep the core issues in view. EGO is often the weed that over takes the issues. Maturity will balance the EGO and in time, we hope, EGO will subside. My mantra lately has been
LET IT GO.
Keep the core issue in sight.
One of my most favorite books that I was gifted with was
One of my most "This is what I know now" ahhhaaas is this.
I am learning to accept some people for who they are. I would like to change them... to help them come into
a better place in their world. This is especially true of someone who I love dearly. But I am projecting my beliefs onto them. Who am I to say what is best for them? What I try to do is offer my support on their terms, if they ask. I have friends who go through trials and challenges and often all they need is just someone to vent with. I also have long believed that LOVE means I love you no matter what. Unconditional LOVE. Not that I will let you walk all over me. But I will allow you your path.
My husband and I are learning about elderly life through our moms. I often try to put myself in their shoes. I think the thing that is most unsetteling for older folk, is the threat of losing their SELF and respect and understanding from others. We adult children try to help and guide, but there is often a resistance to our help. Here's where I have learned:
allow some time and space. Their path is theirs.. and as with anyone, walk a mile in their shoes.
Compassion is what I am talking about.
I had a great friend who was 30 years older than me.. from my parents' generation. She was spry, very opinionated, and very kind. I complimented her on how viavacious she was at her age.
She smiled, thanked me, and replied:
"Getting old ain't for sissies."
Wise words from a wise woman.
Years ago, living in an unhappy place in my life, I would go to sleep at night and invision a cabin in the woods. It was my sanctuary where I could someday live. A place where I could live without fear of criticism or unkind consequences. I built that cabin in my mind every night for over a year. Every room, every detail is still vivid in my mind. There was a huge fireplace in the living room.. the heart of the cabin. Above the fireplace made of stone, embedded in the wall, a huge beam of wood. And on that beam I carved
"I WILL NOT SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, I WILL INDEED ROCK THE BOAT"
Because in my first two marriages, that was the over riding rule... to sit down, shut up and not rock the boat.
If I ever list regrets in my life, it will be that I didn't shun this rule and learn to be more outspoken.
Speaking our truth in kindness shouldn't be a bad thing.
So when I read this Dr.Suess quote, it resinated with me.
And that cabin? I live there now. Because it's in my heart and soul... my inner sanctuary.
It is where I go when life hurls hate, meaness and sadness at me.
And that wooden beam with the carved words?
.... still glowing from the soft warm light, the edges of the wood worn
Counting my blessings this morning. Thinking about how much I love my mom. How blessed that Emalie has had time to spend with her on this last visit. Mom was telling Emalie how Opa died. Emalie was listening so intently. Afterwards, when we left Oma's house, Emalie must of said 6 different times.... "poor Opa."
I wish Dad was still here... for so many reasons. He would of melted with Emalie. She is such a loving little girl. But she gets that from her mom.. and my mom.
I had a list a mile long for Sunday. After a way busy few weeks: weekend before last was Winefest in Palisade, and then this past Saturday was Octoberfest here in GWS... PHEW. Yesterday was
my day to catch up, and start on some art that is due to be delivered a week from today. Never mind that I have known about this show for months, and it's only one piece, maybe two mind you.
Dan and I was invited to go on a motorcyle ride with two good friends: Scott and Vona. Then Dan asked Bob and Linda to come too. Everyone was meeting for breakfast here in town so I opted to go to breakfast then head home for chores. Well during breakfast, I was getting pangs of longing to go too. It was a gorgeous day.. fall is staring to come out here in the mtns. And I haven't been out for a nice ride for a long time. So I announced I wanted to come too. Everyone ran back to our house, so I could grab by jacket, helmet and pink high tops and away we went. That's me and Dan in the front and Scott and Vona behind us.
Over McClure and down into Paonia we went, and the colors were spectacular. We stopped at the local Harvestfest to scope out the happenings..
Here's me and Vona.. we were cracking up while Linda took our picture. Then we headed down the road and turned off to head up over the Grand Mesa. We stopped in Cedaredge to have lunch. Dan and I checked out the RV park in town because next weekend we will be there for Applefest. I drive over this Friday with my Subaru loaded and will set up my booth friday afternoon. Then Dan and Marley come over Friday evening in the RV and we will stay two nights in town. It's a fun weekend.. and I hope I do really well with sales. I have been doing these to make extra income.. it's a lot of work, but I love the atmosphere and energy of these events. I am blessed to have Dan help out.. love that man.
I wish I had more pictures of our ride. I was having such a great time, I forgot to pull out my camera. These are from Linda.. thanks sweetie.
I am an artist 24-7. If I am not creating for my company Lunar Designs, I am creating my own art. Creating daily keeps my spirits soaring and I am always seeking new heights with my creativity.
I started Lunar Designs in 1991 with the vision of doing resort designs to sell.
The name Lunar Designs came because I was working a full time day job and doing my own business at night: thus Lunar Designs. Over the years the company has evolved into a line of women's designs with a lot of whimsey and humor. Using words in my designs and my personal art has always been the icing on my work.
I do this solo mostly. I am in charge of creating, producing, marketing, you name it. I have my helpers now and then.. my husband has an endless supply of wit and humor and our array of pets keeps me focused on the really important stuff like living authentically and being aware of NOW! And my girl friends.. they are my
constant pool of resources.
The music you hear on my art blog is what I often listen to as I do my art. My studio is a ever changing
ever evolving place that I find great joy working in.
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