I have great pictures of what I've been doing. Unfortunately my Adobe isn't cooperating at the minute - it won't load (4 tries). I assume I must turn everything off and try try again but I'm working with my IPod in the background, so we'll just have to go without pictures today and instead I'll share some really great links.
First, by way of Silverspring Studio, Susan's Art and Sketchbook. Be sure to click on her right sidebar video and watch her
work play. Her creations are wonderfully spontaneous (including going along with spilled tea!) You can see more of her work at Imagine With Art. Susan has discovered and shares as focal this wonderful quote: "What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?" Rollo May. What if indeed! There's a whole journal on that quote waiting for contemplation, including that we all have imagination and all can do art (the critics be damned)...what if we all truly believed that?!
"...I am, you see. Positive and negative both. I just am.
And so are you. You am, too. And I love you for your failures to be perfect.
Sickness and health, 'til death do you part from yourself...are you committed to you?..."
Christina Baldwin at Storycatcher Blog writes about the inauguration and her prayer is not a request but an affirmation...and the the subtle shift is amazing. I will learn from this post over and over again. I discovered Christina through her book Calling the Circle when I was working on my master's. It was recommended by a Canadian guy who worked for an oil company. You just never know from whence inspiration will come!
Molly Gordon's latest newsletter talks about exactly where I keep finding myself, too in"The Split in the Soul of the Accidental Entrepreneur" (January 21 09 on her blog which I can't get to give me a direct link):
"Yesterday I wrote a friend, 'Obama has awakened hope, vision, and commitment in so many who have been either disenfranchised or disenchanted - or both. I am so grateful.'
"Today I didn't want to get out of bed...
"The split in the soul of the accidental entrepreneur stems from the belief that we are good, but not good enough to heal ourselves, and that the world needs healing at the expense of our personal ambitions. To do good, we must be prepared to sacrifice...
"The great work is not about overcoming darkness. Darkness and light will not be separated. Our great work in our businesses and personal lives is to tend to what lives in the darkness so that, when it comes to light, it comes as a srout breaking through the earth where it will bear fruit...There is no way back to ourselves and to each other that does not being with compassionate awareness that we've once again lost our way..." You can get a lot more of Molly's wisdom on her blog and in her book "The Accidental Entrepreneur" - I've been following her for years and she never ceases to bring enlightenment to my befuddlement.
Can I get an Amen? Amen! Amen!!!