(W)here there is Greatness.

The message sent to me

“You already possess
everything necessary
to become great.”

Yes indeed. Right now, right here, just as I am.

Then followed the thoughts of darkness.
And I saw that all is in balance. It needs to be.

The darkness is simply another energy that contrasts the light. It can be used in different ways. It must be understood differently.

And I see that harnessing and managing the darkness has been difficult for me in the past because I didn’t have the skill-set or the understanding.

These are tools and techniques that can be learnt – if we are brave enough to discuss them openly.

Difficulties arise within the pain that typically accompanies the darkness. The pain of unmet life expectations, or the pain of confusion and perceived loneliness. These brief memories spring forth for me right now. And there is no pain within these memories, within this moment. For my understanding of life, and of myself, lets gentle awareness be in charge.

This entire reveal comes with a quiet calm, of knowing that the choice is mine every step of the way. That every thought, action, every motivation and decision, can propel me forwards – into the light, and greatness.


Creative Advice Tips.

So today I read this amazing inspirational list of advice for artists written by the amazing Allison Marie.

All her words are so timely for me and manage to hit the mark with a current concern in my life.

I was also inspired to have a go at some Hand Lettering by a good friend’s recent post.

So tonight while I was at a meeting, I drew this:

I like that this effort has revived my interest in pen work. Thanks {A}.

What do you think?  

When did you last have a go at hand lettering something?  

Silver Linings – Day 3.

“Colouring Book Quote”

My dear friend Helen sent me this quote. It is from a colouring book that I was working in the other weekend. I didn’t realise it was there on the reverse side of the page I was colouring, until she must have noticed it and sent the photo through today.

It was very timely arrival. I realised I have been very hard on myself lately about my own weaknesses and vulnerabilities. This quote reminded me today, that from an awareness of these personal aspects, I can gain strength. And that hopeful suggestion has been gratefully received.

You can see below an image on the left of the Aardvark picture that is partially coloured by me (to be completed another day). And on the right is an early picture of the colouring table. Note the wine glasses already empty, the various colouring pens & pencils, and a few other pages being worked on.

Another silver lining for today. While waiting at the ticket machine to pay for car parking at the fresh produce markets tonight, I heard a little voice singing a jolly tune. I turned around with a smile to see a mother watching her daughter dance around and singing a bouncy little song of nonsense words that was already embedding itself in my head.

I commented to them how delightful it sounded and that I’d probably be singing it to myself all the way home. The young girl was quite shy about this attention from a stranger, but I hope my kind words were taken in a positive way by her.

That’s why I love playing with my nieces and nephews. The joy and fun of silliness or whatever springs up in your mind during play. It reminds me that no matter what else is going on on your life, there is always space for play.