First of all, thanks so much for all your wonderful comments on my first print! I'm glad you like it as much as I do. Yesterday, I did a fairly quick sketch of a portrait I can use for my next etching project. She's a rather intense young woman, but for some reason all the women I draw or paint look at little intense.
So, I've been wondering what brought about that change and I think it started when I began with my daily (well, almost daily) gratitude list. It seems like such a little thing, but I think it is changing the way I view my world. I started looking more at what is good and beautiful in my life than I worried about what might happen (my worries are usually about what could happen, rarely about what is actually going on).
It reminded me again that a joyful life is nothing but a string of joy-filled moments. Difficult things happen in everybody's life and they will happen again in mine. But right now, while it's quiet and peaceful and all is well, I have decided to enjoy the little things, the peaceful moments, the quiet beauty that's all around me, the books I'm reading, the art I'm making, cooking, baking, eating, playing with our pets, spending time with friends... you get the idea.
Hand-in-hand with this, I have noticed that I have become so much kinder toward myself. I usually feel kind toward others, but I'm often quite hard on myself. Which accomplishes nothing. Nothing! Kindness on the other hand frees me from much anxiety and guilt and allows me to simply move on when I haven't quite accomplished what I thought I should.
So, am I grateful right now? You betcha!!
Here just a few things that brighten my day:
click here, it'll automatically take you to her den cam, which I am totally addicted to these days...
Happy Sunday to you all!!