Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gut Lake - April 28, 2009

Gut lake - Watercolor & Gouache 2.5" x 3.5"

I was in an ATC frame of mind over the weekend. I painted 6 of these little paintings. Four of them are for an exchange, one has been mailed to New York and one is winging it's way to Kansas. It's fun to be able to do something that enables me to give so freely.

One cannot have wisdom without living life.

-- Dorothy McCall

Living life means responding, wholly, to our joys and our pitfalls. It means not avoiding the experiences or activities that we fear we can't handle. Only through our survival of them do we come to know who we really are; we come to understand the strength available to us at every moment. And that is wisdom.

When we approach life tentatively, we reap only a portion of its gifts. It's like watching a movie in black and white that's supposed to be in Technicolor. Our lives are in color, but we must have courage to let the colors emerge, to feel them, absorb them, be changed by them. Within our depths, we find our true selves. The complexities of life teach us wisdom. And becoming wise eases the many pitfalls in our path.

Living life is much more than just being alive. I can choose to jump in with both feet. Wisdom awaits me in the depths.

-- Karen Casey

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