My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.


Simplicity, patience, compassion.  These three are your greatest treasures.

~Lao Tzu

I have a confession to make.  I have not been very patient recently.  I'm not talking about the type of patience where you are waiting for something to occur, or hoping for an outcome, anticipating a special holiday.  I'm talking about being patient, of taking a deep breath when frustrated, stepping back and considering the reasons you are feeling upset.

Being patient when someone has rattled you is a difficult skill to master, isn't it?

My toes have been stepped on a bit this week, unintentionally, with the result of my feeling undermined.  Only my dislike of confrontation has kept me from lashing out...although a few close friends have been kind enough to let me vent.  I did, however, finally realize that I had to say something, before my emotions escalated even more.

But first I stepped back, paused and...once my blood stopped boiling...tried to discern why the person had taken the actions she had.  I tried to look at the situation through compassionate eyes.  Which helped.  A little.  Maybe more.  

After all, who hasn't done a little unintentional toe-stepping at some point in her life?  I know I have, regretfully.

I finally decided that I needed to address what was upsetting me, which I did, hopefully without including the sting I was feeling.  Hopefully with a little compassion and understanding.  

Fingers crossed that I succeeded.  

Sending love this Nurturing Thursday...


On the Shelf

this week {words & pictures}