Cherries & Flowers

Lately, I had lain aside my surreal self portrait to curb an urge to paint this piece that’s rather traditional in subject matter, but hopefully a more contemporary perspective. At first i was going to call this piece Wine & Flowers but have second guess myself and given it a generic title that states the obvious.

Cherries & Flowers
24x24x2 inch canvas
available for purchase

As I wrote in my last post, I am spending a lot of time with flowers, and looking at flowers and gardening information. It helps distract me from a lot of the other things in life right now. I have a friend who’s coping mechanism is to drive her body through rigorous exercise every day, but honestly, I cannot get that motivated or excited about exercise. Another friend keeps her sanity by delving into service for others. This is an admirable and worthy endeavor, with wide reaching benefits. I often refer to her as the angel of mercy. But, as someone with immune deficiencies, I cannot do a lot of community service. It is important to do something, ANYTHING! I feel we must each find our own thing/path to healing mind, body and spirit. It does not matter how you get there, but more about getting there and then the action of doing. NOT stopping. I admit to my own stumbling and failures at times. I am here, I try encourage myself through blogging as much as anyone else who reads this blog, so keep trying too.

As a matter of fact, I was talking with one of my daughters recently when our conversation turned to mental health and well being. We’re all struggling right now to absorb and navigate our way through the loads of media thrown at us daily-sometimes hourly. At one point, she commented that a sick person is encouraged and aided in finding medical attention if they are injured or sick. And followed up with-why then do we hesitate ourselves in seeking the same care for ourselves or a family member who is suffering from a mental sickness? It is a very good question and gave me pause. I’ve been thinking about this since we spoke. Why do we attach a stigma or neglect to care for the central power station of our bodies-the brain?

I hope you will join me in my effort to stop placing limits on myself and others and we can work toward finding ways to create better, stronger, and healthier versions of (me) you. We are all in this together and we will come out on the other side stronger. If we take care of ourselves, then we are better armed and prepared to care for loved ones, friends and community.

 “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ―Thomas Jefferson

until next time. Peace,