How to be Grateful When You're Weary
Grateful feels weird this year. Like many others with high risk for COVID-19 complications, I am not without moments of panic pretty much every day. Nothing about these times is normal or easy, and we all know our daily lives will not go back to the way they were, nor should they.
An artist friend commented on an artist interview I recently did, "I don’t know how you can be that happy in the middle of a pandemic, but more power to you!"
My response was, “I know what you mean, but honestly, it's invigorated my thoughts about how precious every moment is. Sounds trite, but dang, it's a lesson I learned young, and the universe seems to continue reinforcing it.”
Is it possible to find the positive and hang on for dear life? Choosing love over fear, day after day, can be exhausting. As Mr. Rogers wisely said, “Look for the helpers.”
I'm choosing bright, bold colors and wild, loopy forms as helpers. Box breathing is another helper. It really works. So does a vigorous hike in the woods. Writing a note to a friend makes me feel better. So does a physically distanced walk around the block with a neighbor. I thought comfort baking was a helper until I couldn't zip my pants, so it's been downgraded to the "un" helper list.
I have no illusions about what a long, formidable winter this will be. Find your helpers.
Can we share our humble gratitude for a moment? Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!
11/23/2020 05:22:54 pm
Love the Fred Rogers clip. That's a true teaching moment in times like these. Well put! Always look for the helpers.
11/24/2020 09:23:34 am
Thanks, Col. Helpers are everything. Thanks for being one of mine!
11/24/2020 08:25:51 am
Every time I see your art pop up in a Saatachi Art Ad on my computer it makes me smile. I have loved watching your artwork develop and change over the years, and every year I appreciate your work more. The movement and contrasts in Meteor Shower 2 radiates wonder just like the celestial version. Thank you for making the world more beautiful!
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Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her abstract landscape paintings cultivate connection to the lands she explores.
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