Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Give a Little Bit...

(art journal page - "Love is bountiful" - April 2009)

So I have said it before and I will say it again, always...

Love is the answer to every question.

What do you do when you are feeling desperate, scared and unsure ?

Give some LOVE...to yourself, and to others...it will get you through...

What do you do when you see someone you love hurting, having a painful time dealing with the hard, ugly, sad times of life ?

Give that someone some LOVE...it will get them through...

What do you do when you feel inspired ? When you feel so grateful to be alive in this very moment you could burst? When you feel like this world, and the wonderful human beings in it, are something to be celebrated ?

Send out beams of LOVE in gratitude.

A group of artists, lead by Julie (Land of Lost Luggage), JeriAnn (Commuter's Journal) and Lisa (Lisa Hoffman), came together to give fellow artist, Michelle Ward, some extra big LOVE in a sad and difficult time.


Michelle has provided love, support, inspiration, celebration and wonderful friendship to so many in Blogland, myself included! When her sister Shannon passed away last year , the Blogland community rallyed around Michelle, sending love and care, and hundreds of pink winks her way to help her through. Michelle was so grateful and blown away, as you can imagine, at the genuine LOVE that came her way in her hour of need.


A few months later, JeriAnn and Julie launched the Top Secret Mission to keep the LOVE flowing as Michelle faced the anniversary of Shannon's passing. Each one of us was asked to create a piece of art work inspired by our relationship with Michelle and include a message of love and care with it. Then our fearless leaders gathered the pages created by all 39 of us into a book, sewn together and sealed with all that LOVE ! Michelle received the book just before heading to Minnesota to be with her family for the first summer without their beloved Shannon. She revealed the Book of LOVE on her blog yesterday. (Julie has created a Flick'r page where you can see all the Love Art up close). Michelle's emotion at receiving our gift brought tears to my eyes. She deserves every ounce of the care that went into the project .

(side one of the page I created for Michelle - she was the one who gave me my most favorite nickname ever, The Rock Fairy)

I am so proud and happy to have been been a part of this Top Secret Mission of Love. The rewards of giving LOVE are so abundant, it always leaves me in awe. I am grateful to Julie, JeriAnn and Lisa for bringing it all together and to the other artists who put their hearts into giving the beautiful Michelle, and the world, just a little bit more LOVE.

It is the answer. This I know.

Love BIG today ! It's good for you ! ;)

11 comments:

sherry lee said...

Giving love will never steer you wrong. And in giving love it makes it easier for us to receive love.

I think what all of you wonderful ladies did for Michelle speaks volumes to this. How giving and unselfish...which creates caring and joy. ♥

Snap said...

Love is such a nice four letter word. :D :D

I remember the pink socks. How delightful that the giving to Michelle continued on the anniversary of Shannon's passing.

JeriAnn said...

Thank you so much, Kim! What beautiful words. I too believe that LOVE is the answer and I'm moved and honored that you were part of it. How wonderful to know that we could create such a loving art community here in the blogosphere.

(By the way, this art piece rocks! It practically dances with life and color.)

Julie Prichard said...

Give love.....perfect.

Thanks for being a part of this one, Kim!

Janet said...

Beautiful post! I, too, was part of the secret mission and I feel so priviledged to be in the same company with so many fantastic artists.

Jennifer said...

This is amazing! What an awesome gift for Michelle. I have to say too that I was having a long talk with the universe on my way home from work and love came up which made me thing of you :)

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

What a terrific tribute. And may I add that I love the way you use color.

Anne said...

Hi, Kim! What a special project you were involved in ... to help out a friend. Truly moving and beautiful! :-)

Kate said...

That sounded like such a wonderful project and your page is great as usual.

Thanks for your encouragement on my new project. Its gonna be fun.

Kate

Seth said...

This project is just one of many examples of the generosity of the blogging community. I am so glad I was a part of it!!

Niki (The Vintage Artist) said...

Hi Kim
I found you via Marisa's blog and glad I have. What a lovely blog you have! Niki xxx

P.S Yes Love is the answer!