IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SAID IN YOUR LIFE WAS "THANK YOU", THAT WOULD SUFFICE. ~Meister Eckhart

Sunday, July 12, 2009

07.12.09

The real victory may be in learning how to live after we've established our initial freedom. ~Walk in Dry Places
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Today I am grateful...
  • that a Saturday in recovery can be so peaceful and fulfilling that it almost seems like a different lifetime
  • that I am experimenting with a looser style and application of painting and I like it!
  • that smiles have been known to creep up onto my face and stay there a long time. That ever happen to you?
  • that I was raised by two loving parents that taught me to be silly
  • that I saw my gallerist last night and he is excited about my upcoming show (opening Sept. 12, Hurricane Ike anniversary)

And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not. His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed. ~Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, step 12.

11 comments:

Madison said...

It's such a whole new better more wonderful world where all the rules are different. It's so amazing when someone realizes that they had it all backwards.

Ed G. said...

My friends still tell me "Are you happy? Then tell your face!"

...although, they don't say it as often as they used to...

Blessings and aloha...

Trailboss said...

I too was raised by loving parents who taught me to be silly. We are both truly blessed.

j.m.m. said...

i'm grateful for my parents being dead-serious and miserable. it led me to the conclusion that silliness and joy had to be a better path - life taught me the how to part.

dAAve said...

No one had to teach me how to be silly.

Ginnie said...

How did you decide to change your style of painting? It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be from your followers!

Scott W said...

The last two pieces were painted in the new way. The appearance isn't that much different. A little softer and not so hard edged.

Mary Christine said...

Painting is so wonderful.

Tall Karen said...

I still struggle with silly. I wish I could be sillier.

Learning how to live...that is indeed my biggest challenge today!

And in that challenge, we do find victory! Great quote!

Pam said...

I love the thought of you experimenting with your art. I picture you having fun.

Syd said...

I was not taught to be silly but serious. I would have liked the silly better I think.