Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thankfulness Thursday - Progress

So I woke up this morning thinking how life is so NOT a straight line.

It goes in cycles, right ?

You know how you can sometimes find yourself at the apex of something,

where things are flying, the energy is flowing, people around you are on board,

and you just know that you are where you need to be?

And then things change, the cycle turns downward, energy is harder to find,

people withdraw, and you need to come up with a whole new plan ?

Well, once you have done this cycle over and over again,

you would think that you would start to

have faith that the whole thing is going to move upwards again...
My faith needed some boosting this morning...

This journal page shows where I was :




Feeling like I was on the downward spiral...
But really that is okay...

It is part of the process...

Part of making progress...
Finding the faith and the strength and the energy to

create the movement

UPWARD

again....

I went on a wonderful walk to quiet my busy head.


I found a lovely tree that agreed to hold my tags for me until its leaves grow in...


I saw some evidence of how even things that you think are

really solid are impermanent and can

change in an instant...


These beautiful benches in my local park are make of bronze and copper.



The tree falling on it in our recent crazy wind storm created a whole different shape to that metal and wood...

I added my own little piece to the new sculpture...


I walked on and saw the some glorious color, these happy yellow daffodils,

whose winter dormant dreams have transformed into a spring time celebration.


I came home from the walk with some faith restored.
Faith that it is all part of the cycle...

And that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

I even had enough energy to

pick up a canvas I had started work on last fall, grab the paint

brushes and glorious Goldens and play for a while...

Still a ways to go to be at the apex,

(a detail of where I got to today - more to come as I go...)

but I am learning to have faith in my own movements...

Where are you on your own cycle, Beautiful One ?

Do you have faith that you are just where you should be ?

I wish that for you.

Big Love !

23 comments:

slommler said...

Oh yes Kim!! You are so right. There are cycles and sometimes you have to white-knuckle it!! HA! Those times I am not fond of. I like the up cycles the best, of course. So much easier!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Commuter's Journal said...

Things do wax and wane, cycling around to begin again. But I will share something lovely I got from a friend today. For April Fool's Day she posted The Fool from the Tarot deck, the symbol of someone who steps enthusiastically into the unknown with hope and optimism. I wish you the spirit of The Fool when your own cycle drifts into the shadows. May it be a way back into the light.

dosfishes said...

Love that page you are working on - the face is radiant - too bad about that bench, it was gorgeous...
No daffodils here yet, maybe after this weekend.....

xo

cinner said...

Just beautiful Kim, I am amazed by the bench and having a tree fall on it. My mood was up this morning, the sun was shining, and now it is snowing. I was sure Spring was here. Love your blog, Always do. Have a Happy Easter.

Olivia said...

Your posts are always so inspirational, Kim. I love them and you, My Queen. Peace and blessings,O

Kitasmom said...

just a rest before flying again...even the geese do it!

lynne h said...

ah, lovely kim... what a Beautiful One you are. love that you left the stone on the bench and the tags on the trees - can you see me blowing you a smooch? i'm flowing along now... but yes to the cycles. they are really the thing that teaches us trust, aren't they?

love...

beth said...

if only i lived close enough to find the tree with your little love tags of inspiration......if only....

Mrs Moen said...

I wish I would find such little treasures hanging in our trees too!
I know what you mean about the circle. I have always hated roller coasters, and yet life is one. I want to pop over to the merry-go-round for a while, just for some rest and piece.

rachel awes said...

kim, i am crazy about this post! i so resonate with this cycle you speak of. i often remember a very intuitive friend of mine telling me that when things slow down & get real quiet, it means something big is around the corner. i love your journal page & the canvas painting...i love what you hung on the tree & the bench...clearly, vital life is emerging again on your block. lots of love to you!!

jgr said...

Yes, my friend-you are so right! Things ebb and flow and lately I too have felt restless, unfocused etc. Aah well, we get up every day and try once more. I wish for you to be soaring again very soon.

Roberta said...

So happy to once again be home and catch up on your thoughts...I love that you share your thoughts and emotions here :-) Most of us artists, are pretty similar when it comes to those creative cycles, I think. I come to view them as normal...when I create, it's high energy and adrenaline. But the low times are good too, because I do a lot of thinking, creating art in my head, looking around more...like at designs in nature, or color combinations, or just the texture of the world around me...then, I am infused to get back into the creation part of life. It's been a week since I put brush to paper...but that's ok, I already have ideas in my head, and just pulled out a few small canvases this morning. I don't sweat it...I just go with it.

Thanks too, for your comments on my Artfest experience, Kim! I appreciate your thoughts on things...I really do :-)

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful art and words -what a charming and meaningful post. I love the tree that holds your lovely tags- just amazing! I look forward to visiting again!

katie said...

you blog is so lovely kim, i found you through judy Wise. this latest post - oh man, i so SO relate it right now. my cycle is sporatic and intense right now, lots of emotions and parts of me wanting my attention, a wandering mind, artmaking is slow right now and can't be rushed. working on holding all emotions with love and compassion and doing it with a grateful heart, open, nailed to the present moment.
thank you, it was a joy to come here and visit you, i know i will be back.

Melissa said...

Yep - life is cyclical. I was just reading about that yesterday in Communion with God. How very magickal!! Interesting book. You wouldn't know the apex part if it wasn't for the other part. With nothing to compare it to, it becomes nothing.

Love your art as always. You always find just the right quote at the right time. Can't wait to see where you take that lovely face to!!

I wish I lived in your neighborhood...not so we could hang out (but that would be thrilling), but so that I could find the amazing 'things' you leave. How awesome would it be to come across your gorgeous tags or your rocks of wisdom? VERY awesome!

~magick~
Melissa

Anonymous said...

It warms a mother's heart to see her daughter mature and become stronger, wiser, more radiant, understanding and always so creative and willing to share her path with others in so many ways! You warm my heart my precious one.
Have a wonderful day.
Love you,
Mom

artymess said...

So enjoyed reading your blog.....life is meant to go in cycles ....If we didn't have the lows we wouldn't know when we were having the highs ......Lorna

Kiki said...

What a beautiful spirited post! Full of charm and inspiration..your blog is a lovely place..!
Kiki~

angel said...

up and down...like a seesaw. oh but isn't it good when it is...good. Big Love back to you baby girl. Wish I'd find one of your tags hangin on a tree here in Texas.

SE'LAH... said...

I believe everything in life is impermanent...when I embraced that concept, the ebbs of life became a little easier to endure.

sending you lots of positive vibes and love.
xo

Bethany said...

this is just what I needed. First off, your pages always make my heart leap with happiness, no matter what kind of mood I'm in. I get this sort of jolt of pure delight. I especially love this one, the three beautiful climbing birds, that amazing circle (love that circle) on the bottom, the spiral along the side, the colors! The word coulds. Yay.
Love your writing and thinking too and then your canvas, how it spoke just of how you're feeling, where you are, love the transparency too.
You're right about cycles. I'm cycling through so much stuff right now I can't see straight.
Glad you got your walk, and oh my heart filled up at your tags hanging from the tree and then my eyes when I saw your stone on that broken bench.
Wow.

Kitasmom said...

ps - i love the shape of the bench "after" ! Linda

deb did it said...

what a wonderful walk...I love your Big Heart Walks....spreading the love, and art!!