Spring is here!

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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. -Claude Monet

Hey Friends!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a moment to just sit and write. But we all know that seasons change, and life continues to go on. So much is going on in the world right now, but the best lessons I’ve learned thus far is that when I feel uncertain, or anxious or fearful of anything… the best I can do is simply just plant my feet firmly and remember that the world is in motion.

 

Always in motion, always changing, and no matter where we are, it’s what’s in our hearts that help us to continue to keep moving forward. No matter how difficult or challenging our life circumstance may be - we simply need to hold on, try our best to be patient, and trust in what we know. Even when we know nothing, we have to just trust that growth is a continuous  process.

 

Every year around Spring we see flowers pop up, and gardens become beautiful. But even as a flower continues to grow or bloom; we don’t ever actually know it’s growing until we’ve seen it blossom fully. Flowers continue to grow, but none of us is actually equipped with the kind of patience it takes to watch a flower actually grow. We simply bear witness to it. And for me, the beauty of what truly surrounds us in this life, is that we always get to choose what we bear witness to. And we bear witness to what we truly want to see. And for me, that’s where Art is SO much like growing a Garden. It takes human hands to dig up the soil, turn it over, and snatch up old roots - but that’s not all of it.

 

However little we know about gardens and flowers, what I’ve witnessed is that only God does the actual work of gardening. And any experienced gardener I’ve ever met will share with me how much patience, trial and error, and faith it takes. What’s always been true for me is that while I am an Artist - I’ve never thought of myself as the best, but I have held on to my own faith.

 

What I know for sure, is that God is the Master Artist and the Master Gardener, and while we can always take credit for the work of our hands - whether it’s planting with soil, mixing paints and colors to make art..seasons will change, and we get to choose what we hold on to. And letting go isn’t always as easy as it may seem.

 

But I believe that work begins and ends in the same way it has, since the beginning of all creation.  

 

Happy Spring Beauties! Sunshine and flowers continue to give me life and inspire me to keep moving forward, and I hope it does the same for you.