For the record, I am totally convinced that if you want a handbook on how to live a good, fulfilling life – one should look no further than always-oh-so-inspiring Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings. Don’t believe me? Try this sampling of quotes on for size, all of course written and so graciously shared by Emerson.
- “Be and not seem”
- “Every man is in some way my superior.”
- “Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.”
- “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
- “Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.”
- “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
- “A man is a god in ruins.”
- “There is no knowledge that is not power.”
- “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
- “We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.”
- “Accept your genius and say what you think.”
- “It is not length of life, but depth of life.”
- “The greatest homage to truth is to use it.”
- “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
- “Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.”
and lastly, “Scatter Joy” …. it has become my mantra of sorts this year.
I have mentioned several times how this last year has been one of my roughest ever.. day after day I have been faced with extreme emotional challenges, physical ones and the struggle of once again starting my life anew. It’s a bizarre sort of thing really – for as much pain as I have endured, a part of me absolutely thrives on the challenge – and really, which of us hasn’t had our lives torn apart a bit, only to begin anew? I am also grateful that I have been given this time to learn who I am, and just what I am made of .. and should I forget that, should i forget all the good this world holds for me, should i forget the choices I have in front of me… I have the words of Emerson to remind me.
.. and I have art.
Despite some heavy depressions, lots of cursing and a few really dim days … I have been creating these wonderfully vibrant pieces, full of color and light.. whimsy and happiness.. full of.. well, good ol’ fashioned optimism. How amazing is that? It is rare I plan out a painting.. I typically crank up the music and allow whatever that magic is inside me to come forth, to emerge. I create with wild abandon, with a huge heaping of freedom, and without judgement… the final result is often eye-opening to me and more beneficial than any 50 minute session with a therapist could ever be. I have discovered, or more accurately- been reminded – of what an incurable optimist I am at heart .. even when the times are more than a bit tough.
Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Yet, it is life changing for me.
The piece I have shown throughout the post here is aptly named “Scatter Joy”, I threw a good chunk of myself into it & got lost in the magical little world I created … it contains well over 85 layers (i stopped counting there). It is one of the pieces that are dear to me, and one that is difficult for me to part with.. it is up for sale, and on sale at etsy .. and if you decide it holds a deep meaning for you too, I will give you $100.00 back on it – if purchased by Saturday, October 17th … just tell me you heard i ton my blog when you check out. With that, I am ending here.. before I change my mind!
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
I know just what to do with my time.. paint, paint with creative abandon.
P.P.S. What is your favorite Emerson quote? Share it by Saturday October 17th, and you just may win an Artography print of mine!