‘Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.’ Denis Watley.
watercolourI think it took me until I was forty to begin to understand the meaning of gratitude. Until that point, I had wondered through life, sort of hanging on, and trying my best to put one step in front of the other, often under challenging circumstances, and then boom, an epiphany – something occurred which opened my eyes to what gratitude is all about.
I began to see and feel everything in ways that I had not experienced before. Fear and anxiety had been the underlying emotion ruling my life since early childhood….and so when it was removed all of a sudden I was free. I began to see and really experience the world around me rather than to observe it from a distance.
bluebell woods Crickhowell Wales – watercolourOf course this didn’t mean that life would be easy from that point on. As a working artist for the past forty-five years, I am fully aware of the feast or famine syndrome and what it’s like to live on a knife edge. However, with this new way of being life’s challenges have become much easier to live with and to move through and more importantly I am able to learn from them….
The simple pleasure of a cat sleeping…..watercolour
Perhaps it takes losing the ‘stuff’ of life to fully understand that as long as our needs are met and we keep things simple, and most importantly that we find purpose in our daily lives….all the other things that we strive for are in the most part irrelevant.
long tailed hummingbird – watercolour
I saw my first hummingbird in 1967 in the mountains of North Carolina…but it wasn’t until after my epiphany that I really saw hummingbirds. Not only did I see them, but I sensed their vital place within Mother Nature’s rich tapestry. It was at this point that the hummingbird became something deeper, symbolising the unseen energy and interconnectedness of our world.
Normal Rockwell’s wonderful classic illustration showing a family enjoying Thanksgiving. I lived and worked in the States from 1966 til 1993 when I returned to Europe, consequently I enjoyed many Thanksgiving celebrations. However, I do wonder if I had real understanding of what it was all about. Sadly I think the running around and worrying about if every detail was correct obliterated the true meaning of the day. We live and learn…..
And so I wish my friends and family n the United States a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with gratitude.
Remember not to sweat the small stuff…..it doesn’t matter and ‘this too shall pass………’:)
magical hummingbird – watercolour