An artists perspective

Perfecting the art of being grateful is just like any other art form.  Like drawing, it takes years of practice and a great deal of devotion to become good at it.  The demonstration of gratitude was a part of my childhood life, which I still try and practice.  However, I’m not saying that I’ve perfected the art of being grateful. No, just like everyone else, I still find it far too easy to speak of what’s lacking in my life than to be thankful for what I have received. Like in art, even with all of these years of practice, there remains room for improvement.

It should become a daily practice.

The sun shone brightly in the studio when I walked in this morning, and it reminded me that I need to be grateful that I still have my studio after the struggles of the pandemic.  Having these beautiful workspaces is something I am very thankful for.  I know this place I am in is a gift.  Thank-you.

Creativity

I am lucky to have my art and creativity and to have found my life’s purpose. I am grateful for the supernatural force that incessantly drives me to create.  Call this energy God, Goddess, The Universe, The Great Spirit. I am honoured that this beautiful intangible power remains a part of my life.

Showing gratitude

There is no better way of showing gratitude than giving back, whether it be in the service of others or doing good deeds.  Generosity will be rewarded the bible says in Luke 6:38 :

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

The tricky part is that many of us are only generous when we expect to get something back in return. From my understanding, it’s not the way the universe works. Being grateful and showing gratitude shouldn’t be viewed as a way to get more of what we want.

Using our creative gift and sharing it with others every day is also a way of saying we are grateful.  If we only do so for our own economic benefits, we need to rethink our modus operandi.

Grateful for the gift

Showing up at the easel or the drawing table every day is the ultimate way of saying thank you. We are lucky to live in a country where pretty much anything goes creatively, and there are no off-limit styles or subject matter.  There are no limitations, only limitations that we put on ourselves. If we’re looking for the perfect conditions to create, they may never happen.

Count your blessings

On my own spiritual and creative journey, I have found that I need to take a moment every day to take personal stock.  I do need to count my blessings sometimes.  I need to remind myself how lucky I am and be grateful for what I have received.

Quote of the day:

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

~ Epicurus ~

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