Good Morning Sunshine! Sun just broke through! Love it!
AH! Sunny days! I love them! It is in the 50s! Cool! Balmy outside.
“Following a hunch is sometimes like following a path into deep woods. You’re not so sure you know what is there, but the lure of something keeps telling you to go on_____.” Joyce Hifler, Pathways.
I have been thinking of pathways____those I have taken, which ones proved more interesting; these challenged me, and for me, those were a better choice despite how taking the paths I did; affected others. But life works this way_____. Some paths I took because there seemed no other way.
The thing that motivated me was losing “who I am” because no one has the right to rob you of who you are through their words or actions which make less of who you are. That’s not a working relationship.
Setting boundaries that protect you, so you can hang onto that inner strength, and be able to look at life in new ways is important. When at the beginning of a new path, typically it is not a sudden whim “to just do!” There is that pivotal moment____something lures you towards it____so caution kicks in I think. “What’s this?” And so you ponder the path to see if there are any clues it may give up. I think there are, gut feelings even. A sense of feeling ready for it.
I think of Thomas’s death and my approach to it. I went with my gut. What felt right for me. This year it will be three years.
Living life in new ways, new paths_____Covid! The world has changed. Hope is something we all need to have, that we can find those new pathways. We need to be tough and meet whatever is ahead of us. The thing about pathways is that we can walk with others by inviting them along some of those paths. Some paths are meant just for us, but not all of them.
I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.”
Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj