'We betray our true selves when we do not follow the heart's desire, for what the heart is attracted to, is your destiny.'~Leon Brown
As I reflect on 2017, I cannot help smiling. I have grown leaps and bounds as an artist. Even though I still have some fear-based moments, I ultimately have opened up to recognizing myself as an artist. I even created my first series! (Ha! Did not know how and it just happened on its own along with everything else....who would have thought)
1) Thank you, God for being patient and giving me all my lessons. Thank goodness I have the strength and curiosity to listen and know what is best for me. Waking up helpless, alone, scared and lost 2 years ago, after my 4th surgery in 8 years, was the final wake up call. I will use my talent to help others like me.
2) Next, I want to thank myself. I am grateful I had the patience and strength to endure the fear and learn to step off the hamster wheel. I continue pursue my art life. Stepping out of my comfort zone and actually staying outside was a bit challenging to say the least. I am proud of you.
3) Thank you to all my friends and new friends. You helped my focus on what my accomplishments and listened when I was focusing on what was going wrong. You steered me in the right direction and am honored to have you in my life. I certainly hope I lit a spark in you too.
4) To all the Haters, Muchísimas Gracias (thank you very much). You saved me. There is no space in my life for you critics. I have myself; I am my own worst critic and that's enough, thank you. I hope you decide to take the Leap yourself and wish you the best.
Grace was my word I wrote on my white stone a year ago. Webster dictionary defines it as 1a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance.
I am finally catching up with myself, and the path I am meant to walk. I surrendered to the flow of life. Although it was a struggle in the beginning, I now feel calm because I feel a sense of peace when I create.
Love is all we need to heal. The world has the ability to do the same. It does not have control of external circumstances. It has to look within to find knowing and understanding in order to put and end to hatred, violence, and stop looking at what is wrong and start looking at what's right. Each individual is responsible to walk in anxiety or calm. Which do you choose?