Entering an Arlington Artists Alliance show entitled Power of Nature was a clear choice for me because I am consistently inspired by nature, in my paintings and in my life. The two paintings I offered were both accepted, the one pictured here and Grand Wonderland. Discovery Through the Ferns made it into this post because I was surprised, pleased, and humbled to have this painting selected for Third Place in the show. The power depicted in this painting is the power to surprise and delight.
I am listening to Hamilton as we approach July 4 and reflecting on the spirit embodied in this musical. “Scrappy and hungry.”
I think each person is a package of many emotions, urges and drives, and I think among those is an urge to create, an urge to improve. Sometimes, depending on circumstances, it is necessarily limited to improving basic living conditions for oneself and family. Sometimes, with that satisfied, we can bring our yearning and our light to creating better conditions in our society and our world.
And sometimes people are tired, or comfortable or afraid of too much change. Sometimes those who are tapping their revolutionary spirit look wild and threatening to the “natural order”. And isn’t that exactly what those young people did- threaten the order, in pursuit of something better. I think the world misses a great asset when that light, vision and creative spark is squelched.
I’m trying to tap into the ongoing stream of betterment and light for our world.
Reflecting on the word “WORD”.
Marshall B. Rosenberg, in Nonviolent Communications, asks if our words are creating a wall or a window. Word choice is important in so many ways and English is a marvelously flexible language, allowing us to be really selective and find just the right nuance, the right flavor. Of course, that takes a reflective pause. In the heat of the moment is when we need a word that is a window, that opens dialogue, if we want to continue with the relationship. And that is often when choices fail to appear because emotion is running high. Choose your words.
Words can also create the world. A declaration of words sets actions into motion and makes for a different future. Think of those not so simple two words, “I do.” Declare with intention.
And significantly, as people listen to our spoken words, they are also observing our bodies and what emotions they can detect for congruence. Are our words aligned with our values, with our actions? Speak authentically.
Choose your words. Create the future- the next moment, the next year, the next several years.
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