nThe last few months have held many challenges, most of all assisting dying parents. Many times my sis and I would just look at each other and say, "It is what it is" or "Everyone is doing the best they can." These simple phrases helped up to accept life as it comes and people as they are. In the midst of life's turns over the past few years, I have found another silly little phrase - Things have a way of working out - on my lips and in my mind more frequently. It too is way of pressing into an attitude of acceptance, positive anticipation and openness. It is not blind faith in good outcomes. Neither is it a passive stance, waiting for a miracle to change things to conform life to my wishes and hopes. Nor is it a phrase to use on others to help them in their grief. Most often I have used it when things have not turned out as I planned or hoped, but someone I have still gained something for which I am grateful. However this has happened so frequently, that I am now seeing it as a way I can process life as it come with that sense of gratitude, acceptance, awareness and openness.
It is like knowing there will be a sunrise after the darkness. I think this is why people are drawn to sunrises and why I like to paint them, "Enchanted Sunrise," show above was my largest painting at 7 Arts Gallery, and did not sell all summer. Honestly I thought many times, perhaps it is too bold, too simple, too big, too expensive. After a summer of slow gallery sales, I sold it last week to the right people at the most encouraging time possible for me. The phase did come to mind! But more than that, I think the attitudes of acceptance, openness, and positive awareness and influencing my art work and my approach to art. I more open to experimenting, more patient with myself and others, less anxious when challenges arise, seeing them as opportunities to grow or learn something.
I wrote something similar to this a couple of days ago and hit the publish button, but it got lost before it was posted on the blog. I am hoping the mess up turned out to be good timing for someone! It was good for me to think about this again and make some mental edits!!! Blessings!
Tom C. McGee, Jr.
Musings about mystery, art and spirituality.