From "The Song of Life"... a lovely poem by the English poet Henry Wordsworth Longfellow there is this thought-provoking thought on the subject of the value of Art. It reads:
"Art is long, and Time is fleeting."
I find myself living in the midst of a society driven by electronic technology and speed... where legions of frenetic multi-taskers take pride in their ability to process umpteen tasks simultaneously. Their level of productivity and worth are measured by their ability to do many things in as little time as possible. I was one of these converts... long ago now... back when I thought I "wanted to go somewhere" in my life and ambitions. I too, prided my Self in being able to complete long lists and to deliver to everyone else in my life... until the Light in my soul fairly vanished and life itself in every form seemed without purpose. That was in ... yesterday.
My life changed and began to bear fruit and copious blessings when I made the decision to leave the "gerbil wheel"... or my body did and I set out on "The Road Not Taken" and have built my life on more on Today... not forgetting yesterday... but certainly not focussed upon Tomorrow. I have chosen to live fully in "the Now"... "and that has made all the difference", as Robert Frost noted. In "the Now"... in each hour ... of each day, I take time to "see"... and not to merely look. To savour... rather than just to taste. To fully enjoy... and not just to try. My life is in fact, a buffet of blessings... chosen by "Me"... from which I sit down to a sumptuous meal to savour... enjoy and digest. My table fare is different every day. I never tire of the menu. And my "palate/palette" is enriched by my discoveries and adventures.
Blessings in my mind represent those things which arrive in one's life... unannounced and unexpected. They cannot be planned for. Neither are they monetarily driven. They simply... "are"... a gift offered momentarily and mysteriously by The Universe... or The Creator. Both are synonymous in my thoughts and belief system. Science and God in my belief system co-exist and work in tandem. They are "One"... in the same! Both command a sense of mystery... awe and wonder. Both defy total human explanation... or control. This view permits "Me" to first discover... to examine and then finally...be used to determine what meaning there is in what I am experiencing.
Blessings come to "Me"... and "Us"on a regular basis. Not because we are special... or we are more worthy to receive them, but merely because of a change in our mind view. We search to find meaning. We are "open" to spending the time required to go beyond merely looking and noticing... which are simply cursory acts of going through the motions of daily living... to digesting a single moment and pleasure and savouring it... accepting it for what it is. Perhaps, if you are working artists like we are, you might be driven to think beyond the moment, or record it in a few words or a simple sketch, to be developed further when time permits.
I am at present reading a wonderful wee guide book, a New York Times Best Seller by H.Jackson Brown. It is entitled " Life's Little Instruction Book". His mantra ... "Live Learn and Pass it on" is indeed my own as well, as my posts and my life journey attest. It is a book well worth owning (discovering)... reading(tasting) and digesting. Beyond savouring... it is an ideal book to give a friend,... or a child leaving to enter the world on their own. It is remarkably easy to read. A good book that can be read and savoured bit by bit as I have done... over a number of pre-sleep or morning ritual "quiet times."
Here is a sample of just a few morsels of wisdom that Brown offers in his treasury of wisdom:
Live your life in wonder, and always leave some things to retain mystery.
Put on old clothes before you get out the paint brushes... Painter tip from AWB!!!!
Remember, your character is your destiny.
Pray. There is immeasurable power in it.
Never risk what you can't afford to lose.
Think big things but enjoy the smaller things in life.
Sometimes the heart sees what the eye doesn't.... Painter tip from AWB !!!!!
Call your Mother... and your Dad!
In bringing these Thanksgiving morning thoughts to a conclusion... I'll add these two final quotes from Brown worth considering on this day set aside for Thanks Giving:
It is not the responsibility of parents to pave the roads for their children, but rather to provide them with a road map. Think about it Friends... and Family members! Giving your children everything that you feel you didn't receive in your own early life, in my opinion is a tragic mistake which hamstrings both groups involved. Children never grow up appreciating the value of what is given and received too easily. Rather... they spend the rest of their lives painfully learning the fact that one must earn their way in life. A journey into unfamiliar territory without a road map and prior planning welcomes wasted time, resources ... and inevitable disaster!
And lastly... for certain... except for some jpegs of gratitude sent from "Me" from Rockport with warmest thanks for your unflagging presence and support for Journaling With Paint:
"Feel blessed and you will be!"
Here is a bas-relief three dimensional cast that was so poorly painted... that the owner who commissioned it couldn't bare to look at it. I took the challenge... and I think "won"! It sure made me think like a sculptor during the whole affair... and in acrylics as well! Totally out of my natural element... but I thoroughly enjoyed and learned new things about painting volume... and... behind things.
"Thank You"... For the Music Mom and Dad- oil on canvas 14x11 inches
And last ... but far from least! I give thanks for my loving parents. Their consistent encouragement, example, gifts and sacrifices helped to shape "Me" in becoming the person "I" am! Thank you for the "Music"... and for providing a road map which doesn't prevent me from getting lost... but never fails to help me to arrive "Home"... safely and joyfully!
"I" am "Home... and at peace in Rockport!
I am deeply blessed! Happy Thanksgiving... I'll be down for a visit later this afternoon!
All my love ALWAYS,
Your loving son Bruce
Good Painting ....
Rich blessings and Peace to ALL!!!!!