The Beginning of Wisdom

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

At last I can report the studio is surfacing slowly.  I even have pictures!  I began a painting in it last week that is shipping to La Jolla Gallery.  More on that as I post progress shots this week.

The mainstay of this entry is to be at the beginning of something... and wise enough to know it, recognize it and walk forward with it.  Good or bad.  The hardest thing for me is giving thanks for the things that are so hard and trying.  The days that you feel both mentally and physically drained and down... that it is so important to give thanks to God for this time and what you have before you.  The times you are sick and face with life and death situations... those are the ones I close my eyes... and really try to give thanks for them. We cannot just have thanks in the good times... we have to give thanks for those rough times because THOSE are the ones we grow from. Those are the times that make us stronger. 

Terry has been ever so patient and he is ever so worn out with everything that needs fixing here.  This ranks in the bottom worse three homes we have purchased, probably next to the bottom. It truly is hard to thank God for this watching it take him so low, so depressed and so tired.

The studio is unearthing slowly and the move out stuff goes to the entry hall and slowly assimilates to its assigned position in the house.  For to HIM I give thanks for this home.  It has a quiet beauty to it as we both feel it awakening to the love and care we have for it. 

So each morning as I wake at six, I am in the studio on my treadmill... which was suppose to be in one of the extra bedrooms but will not fit down the hall... and I give thanks that I have the health and ability to walk on it right where it is!

Little steps. 

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:5-6 NIV