"Life handed him a lemon, As Life sometimes will do. His friends looked on in pity, Assuming he was through. They came upon him later, Reclining in the shade In calm contentment, drinking A glass of lemonade." G-d knows we all get our share of lemons. If everything was sweet What challenges would we have? Where would our self esteem come from? There is no greater feeling than 'I did it myself". The harder the challenge the greater the feeling of accomplishment. One of the ways I train myself is through art. When I start a project I usually have no idea where I'm going with it. Most of the time I'm satisfied with the results. Not ecstatic but satisfied. But I never give up on it. Even when I think It's a wash I try to make it work. This last one took many hours. At the end I wasn't crazy about it. So I cut it into squares and VOILA! A piece of unexpected art. I particularly love the way the frame slowly 'appeared'. Now I love this piece.
Bill Maher said it brilliantly here.
What resonated with me is that he said
Israel always wins.
Because they have NO CHOICE.
They either win all or lose all.
Isn't that brilliant as a metaphor for life?
We make commitments easily
and then change our mind
and want to bow out.
If we KNEW when we commit
that it's 100% or nothing
how much stronger and more successful
would we all be
in all we undertake...
We are living in difficult times.
It's not easy to detach.
Exploring my own little art world really helps. “Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” Flowers are what I love the most.
flowers are G-d's way
of letting us know
that although the world
is oftentimes cruel
in all their glory,
is beauty at it's essence.
....because you can grow flowers
where dirt used to be...
And most of all - your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.
I am obsessed with flowers.
I created a page in my
that shows just that.
I love me some Thesaurus!
Choosing specific words clarify to your audience
the depth of your thoughts and feelings.
More than that
words have impact on your own self.
I have a friend
that whenever I ask her about her day
she describes whatever she did as
After years of thinking
'why is she having a blast doing this and that
while my experience was 'ordinary',
I decided to join her one afternoon at the beach with some friends
and have a 'blast' too.
What I discovered is...
the power of words.
After spending a pleasant enough experience
as we packed up to leave
my friend exclaims
'wasn't that a blast?!
And it hit me right there and then.
The word she chooses colors her experiences with richness.
Stored in her memory in a positive way.
And from there on I made a conscious effort
to substitute any negative words
with positive ones.
It's a few years later now
and I can honestly tell you
that my life has changed .
Positive words actually create the reality of positive experience.
Which leads to happiness...
which leads me to my happy hobby!
For years I've wanted to make an Art Journal.
I finally started.
Hopefully this journal will reflect growth in my artistic journey.
I try something new on each page.
My first page uses paper and paint.
I love making little houses.
So I thought I'd start with that.
Also kind of a metaphor
for whats taking place in the house of me.
AND my favorite SHEL SILVERSTEIN poem.