Rediscover wonder

I have a wonderful friend who is an artist.  She paints and paints, sometimes so furiously and so passionately that she crumbles in a heap for a few days exhausted, weary from creating, and then she picks herself right up again and paints some more.

Apart from being incredibly talented and a gorgeous friend, Joni is also very wise and philosophical.   Determined and tenacious, nothing will get in her way to pursue her dream and she also knows that vision, patience and focus are the keys to success.

Sometimes when you have a vision and you embark upon the journey to manifest it, you need to cocoon yourself for a while in both your imagination and reality and just ‘go for it’.  You will be met with much resistance at times…..not only from your internal chatter but from those around you.

I know when I left a corporate career to pursue my dream to teach yoga and create my beautiful  yoga tours, I overheard some referring to my work as ‘mumbo jumbo’ and ‘she’s into all that new age stuff’!  “How are you going to make a living?” many have asked.

I remember Joni once saying to me “no-one will stand on my dreams”, and I have never forgotten those words.

All we need to do is ‘rediscover wonder’ and the world will again and again become a blank canvas upon which we can paint our masterpiece.

I had tears in my eyes when I saw the presentation given by Janet Echelman on TED.com.  Joni passed this on to me and the picture is one of Janet’s lace works. Give yourself a few moments to rediscover wonder. This says it all.

http://www.ted.com/talks/janet_echelman.html

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Be curious

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Ellen Parr

When I was very small, maybe 6 or 7 years of age, I remember telling my father that I was bored!  Big mistake!  He gently clipped me across the ear, like a lion clips her cub, and told me he never wanted to hear me say such a thing again.

I shall never forget his words….”you have too many people to meet, places to visit, books to read and paintings to paint to ever become bored in this world”.    How true could these words be…..  I recall thinking about his message even then.  My eyes opened and my mind expanded – all within seconds.

This world offers so much for us to discover and to learn. I have met some extraordinary people in some extraordinary lands and am surrounded by amazing souls, each with their own fascinating stories.

I never have a book far out of my reach…books educate me, refresh me, send me into a world of wonderment and often challenge me to the absolute brink.   And now we have Google, Facebook, Twitter and the rest to drill down in to – finding more questions, more answers, more stories and more joy!

And….the pictures I paint?  There are many in words, vision and spirit.

Oh, if only I could find more lifetimes in this one…. I feel like my life is a suitcase and I am perpetually packing it with more knowledge.

Whenever, I turn a corner, there is always something more for me to ponder.

I haven’t used the word ‘bored’ since.  Thank you Dad, wherever you may be.