I will be free.... wanna come with me?
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” ― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
This is the first one in the new studio. Sorry it is not allowing me to adjust it a bit with the bad light. You see continuous lines evolving and revolving. In the midst of the calm is some chaos with the yellow squiggly lines. There is a heartbeat and a pulse already in process. No vision at this point or direction.
One thing I think about lately as we have gotten older is the lack of laughter and fun that was there when we married years and years ago. Where did that playfulness disappear to? Was it overwhelmed by the stress and daily bombardment of change that we did not weather well? Was it lack of faith and trust in God to provide what we need and our job was to enjoy the beauty of all the life and gifts he has given us?
How do we get it back? The stress is chest deep right now, totally at the point of strangulation. WHY? He gives us freedom of choice. Buying this home definitely upped the stress game. Throw in Terry's problems with his eyes and corneal surgeries... add a shake or two of family issues that rise and fall with our extended family... and place a seven month old in the mix that you watch daily and tell me what you come out with.
We have become too busy, too tired, too worn out, too negative and too serious. Why is it important to make a change? God wants us to enjoy this life. We have no idea if we have only today, or if we have a week, a month, a year or fifty years. What we do have is this day alone. Tomorrow may not come.
I was reading Rick Warren's notes on finding joy in a day.
"When my kids were growing up, I determined that the number one thing I wanted them to know about our family was not that we were good or smart or whatever. I wanted them to know that they were loved and that we had fun together. I created all kinds of things just to have fun.
One of them was called Daddy’s Magical Mystery Tour. The kids loved it. It’s a hallowed reputation in our family. Now I do it with grandkids! When the kids were in preschool or grade school, I’d wake them up about midnight and yell, “Get out of bed! It’s time for Daddy’s Magical Mystery Tour!” And they’d get excited because they knew that meant that they didn’t have to go to school and that we were about to do something really fun, whether it was driving to a hotel with a pool or making an ice cream run.
You need to remember this: People don’t remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel. That’s important advice for a boss, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a parent, or a husband or wife." Rick Warren Daily Radio.
I rather like this idea. I will be entertaining thoughts of what we will call our special "Day" and put this into action. We have to keep the baby about another month... and then we will have the freedom to pick up and go and do as we please. What can you do in your own life?
I have all this paint on the canvas... ready to be pulled. The rhythm of the spirit of this painting will be determined by my mood and outlook as I pick up that palette knife.
“People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, no matter how long they live” (Ecclesiastes 11:8 NCV)