Monthly Archives: December 2016

You are the Artist of your Life

A couple of my gal pals and I started taking painting classes a few years ago.  We have consistently, for the most part, met once a week for a few hours to paint, while our teacher coaches us when we need it. Painting has taught me a lot about life and myself. As an artist, one thing I have come to know and appreciate, is that I have to take time to stand back from my work and quietly contemplate what is what. A painting looks different from a distance. When I take the time to lift my brush from the canvas and step away from the closeness and the details of my work, I feel like I have stepped outside after a rainstorm and taken a deep breath of fresh air. The repose and distance bring perspective and order to each brush stroke. The colors are brighter and what looks like chaos up close takes the shape of a beautiful flower from a few feet away.

I urge you to do the same thing in your life. Take the time to step back and in solitude have a look at your life from a distance. What may look like pain, discomfort, challenge or terror up close, can be viewed very differently if you give yourself some quiet time and space. As I reflect back to times in my life when I felt broken, hurt, or scared, I have come know that those situations were gifts.  Blessings sometimes look like a big blob of paint

By |2017-10-30T10:15:29+00:00December 27th, 2016|Categories: Belief Systems, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

Annie M. Fonte’s ABC’s of Just Being

For no particular reason, I found myself thinking about the alphabet the other day and was astonished to discover that, according to the folks at Global Language Monitor, there’s a new word created every 98 minutes.

That’s about 15 words per day, which brings the current number of words in the English language to 1,025,110 — and, of course, counting.

I don’t know about you but it amazes me that 26 letters are used to create all those words. After pondering this for a bit, I decided that I too would use these same 26 letters to catalogue words that would be worth my frequent consideration.

The words in my alphabet are meant to be reminders of how important it is to establish a solid foundation of just “being.” And that includes being alone with ourselves and gathering with others. Here’s my list:

By |2017-03-07T15:30:22+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: |0 Comments