Posts Tagged ‘joy’
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
Mixed Feelings as I read the last post of the online course Hello Soul Hello Business today. So happy there will be a few more with the Mini Master Classes they had offer for the next week with some awesome collaborators (can’t wait). I am kind of sad because the course is over.
As I celebrate this amazing journey that lasted almost eleven weeks (with some breather weeks between classes), I want to share a mixed media, which reads A Lovely Journey. I add one of my mom’s crocheted doilies, celebrating her journey in this earth. I am happy to share (and I know she is too) that the store of the Museum of Art sold the original. Mixed feelings again because I was about to take it back for me…but I know it is in the right hands..and I know my mom would be so proud to know one of her doilies is out there with her daughter’s art.
This HSHB course has been and I know it will continue to be A Lovely Journey…I am so grateful and proud for being part of this amazing group. I love that we call ourselves soul sisters because we share our dreams, our joys and tears, our excitement and our frustrations, our mistakes and successes. Thank you all! We will continue Flying High!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
– Mark Twain-
I have been postponing my blog writing for more that a month. Why? Considering my work load I have these days, writing in the blog was kind of a luxury activity. As i wrote in the last post (almost two months ago) the past year I have registered for a few online courses. I couldn’t start one of them or finish another or be able to do them on real time. I have too much in my basket and I was (well…I am) living in a roller coaster. Thank God those courses are still there so I can start in any moment or finish those I already started. But that was not the right thing to do. I was suppose to enjoy the connections in those courses and be there day by day interacting with the teacher and the group and asking questions and complete the exercises. In the middle of this roller coaster, I was trying to answer a lot of questions my inner self was constantly asking. There were questions about my art, my job, my future, my family, my finances, my blog writing, my purpose in life, the meaning of money, of success, of abundance, of plenitude, the relationship between my spiritual life and my creative business…about everything regarding my everyday life. Looking back in my life, I think I am questioning my WHY of everything since I was a child. As I grew older this why became a nightmare as I was doing things I couldn’t feel any joy or get any reward or find any meaning. The worst part was asking my self Why I make art for living? Why I sell my art? What am I going to offer to the world with my art, with all the ideas I have, with all the products I create? Why I want to go to SURTEX? Why?? Why?? Why??
At least at one of the online courses I tried (I am still trying) to work hard and stay alive on real time, to connect, to question, to share. This is Hello Soul Hello Business, the same I wrote about in my last post. Why? Because the first part of the course was about our WHY….Synchronicity???? As soon as I knew this was the first question we needed to answer, I knew I had to do everything to stay in the course on time and to read every single post of it. The goal of one of the first lessons was to identify our WHY, our mission, to discover our deepest dreams, to dig deep in our soul. As I was writing the answers to my WHY I realized that I was asking the why a lot but I didn’t take the time to find the answers because I was living in the NOW and in a roller coaster. The why was always there with no answers. A quote in the course hit me hard:
“To find your mission in life is to discover the intersection between your heart’s deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.” -Frederick Buechner
And what if my heart’s deepest gladness was related to making art, to design products around my art? What if I need money in order to fulfill my whys…,what if…what it…what if…..
One of the best things that happened to me was reading the TOMS story during the first stage of this course. And again, Synchronicity?? I am a very spiritual person and having conversations with God is one of the most important aspects of my everyday life and when I use the word “synchronicity” or the “universe conspiring” I always think of God. I see in all of them a God that is listening, answering, providing, talking, inspiring, caring, and who is right there for me. Reading the TOMS story helped me answer a few of my questions regarding my art, my purpose in life and my next moves in my creative business.
It is a long story, but as soon as I start digging deep and writing down my Whys, everything made sense. There has been a lot of “synchronicity”, a lot of messages from God, a lot of provision, and a lot of JOY.
Since this is (again) a long post, and now that writing in the blog is connected to my Whys, I will take the time to write more often and in the next ones I will share my Whys, other inspiring people in my life, my mission and vision of my business and of life and the stories of synchronicity I have been experimenting regarding with my new found answers about my Whys.
I want to end the post sharing one of my favorite mixed media (with my own ceramic tiles in it) and some quotes and lessons learned in the past weeks…Enjoy!!!
Lessons and inspiring quotes from the book written by Blake Mycoskie telling the TOMS story.
1. Totally inspired by the title of his book: “Start Something that Matters”
2. First words I read in the book and hit me: Love your work, do what you love, and change the world, ALL AT THE SAME TIME”..I was longing for this!
3. My favorite quote in the book came from Ghandi: “Be the change you want to see in the world”
4. Some inspiring words from Mycoskie: “When you go back to your core motivations, you affirm the authenticity of your project….when you are living your story, it means your actions and your mission are the same”.
5. OMG…this hit me harder: “Someday” is a desease that will take your dreams to the grave with you…If it’s important to you…just do it”
God Bless you, and remember……Enjoy the Ride…. the Time is NOW!
“The purpose of Life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” E. Roosevelt
“We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” ~ Gloria Gaither
I have written this post in my mind many times. Never reaching out the computer to finally write it. The time is now. I hope I didn’t forget all I wanted to share with my blog friends.
Many things had happen in the last month that changed the way this post was going to be approach. Many questions came to my mind, many answers needed. The title Enjoy the Ride…The Collage had specific reasons: 1. Include all comments (as a collage) received in the first post where I asked the meaning of the words “Enjoy the Ride” to my blog followers; 2. Evaluate and include the comments in all posts of the series Enjoy the Ride; 3. Explain the meaning for me; 4. Include a series of projects made by me regarding this theme; a collage, the words painted in my studio, the words made in ceramic, the finished collage in memory of my mom, etc, etc. Most of those projects are not finished, yet. Most of them are “in process”. How can I write the post without those “requirements”? No way… …That is the real reason I was postponing this post. But here it is…with most of my projects not finished yet but with some “real and touching” experiences lived….some of them the reason I couldn’t work more on “growing my online presence”, on completing the challenges I was enrolled in, for not even starting the course enrolled with Rebecca Parson I was longing to, for not continuing the exciting “At home with Claudine Hellmuth” online class, for not writing more, for not collage painting more.
The time is now….here is the Post
“Enjoy the Ride… the C o l l a g e”
For my blog friends with all my heart and soul.
I “google” the words Enjoy the Ride in order to decide if I was going to name my blog with those words (“Elizabeth GLZ Enjoying the Ride”). What I found was this amazing blog “Enjoying the Ride”. I am sharing the words that touched me so much:
“Before my diagnosis I had a Chemical Engineering degree, an MBA, and a promising career. I had an amazing wife and two wonderful children (still do). I had a nice house with a swimming pool, a big lawn, and a bunch of toys. I was living the dream. I enjoyed a variety of physical activities such as golf, camping, hunting…operating the brake and gas pedals with my feet, typing, and standing in the shower. Then one day as I was jogging on my treadmill I noticed that my left foot went slap, slap, on the treadmill, whereas my right foot smoothly transitioned from heel to toe, heel to toe. After a year of visits to an assortment of specialists, I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, a particularly disabling variety of MS. Eight years later I sit here in my power wheelchair, dictating to my computer because my hands won’t allow me to type more than a couple of sentences. I can’t work anymore, and my wife now doubles as my caregiver. I’ve started this blog to help me pass the time while engaged in a productive activity- advocating for the disabled community, of which I am now a reluctant member. I am Mitch, and despite everything I am still “Enjoying the Ride”.
WOW…After reading those words I stood still and shocked! For those days I was having these concerns: how can I write and explain that one can Enjoy the Ride…despite sickness (ours or of others), sadness, poverty, economic stress, and all the tragedy in the world we see everyday in the news? How can I write a responsible post on this theme? How can I tell a dearest friend to Enjoy the Ride when she received the shocking news that her 4 years old granddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia? How can I explain that I am “Enjoying this Ride” no matter that my mom is not “here”, that I can’t live with the husband I love, my economic situation changed…A LOT, I still don’t have a “secure” job, my fingers are always swollen and this will not change, I will be old, and this will not change, either. Oh my!!!….I thought, I am in a BIG trouble.
One of the persons I admire most, a Baptist minister, once said: “we can not stop the pain, but we can stop the suffering”. And I can say now: If we can stop the suffering, then we can “Enjoy the Ride”.
I have to admit that a few years ago I was not “Enjoying the Ride”. I used to stay focus on my problems and because of that I was not able to reach for solutions and least to see the problems of others. I can tell you now that I have learned to Enjoy the Ride.
I found this quote recently and I love it: “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass ~It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” ~ Vivian Green
“Enjoying the Ride” is a decision. We have to face it, to embrace it, to work on it, to practice it, to make it a habit, to believe in it, to have faith in it. Most of the religions have an answer for this approach. The one that I know best has Jesus words written in the Bible: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” And I strongly believe that we can do that, too. We can change our attitude toward everything in our life and manage to Enjoy the Ride through this amazing but yet difficult journey we are in. I can write a long book on this theme, but this is not the time or place. I have many, many experiences lived that can prove that changing the attitude, being grateful, forgiving, embracing each moment, seeing the cup half full instead of half empty, loving one another, being understanding, being kind, being honest, being brave will get one to Enjoy the Ride. I read once that we have the responsibility of being happy, to smile at others so we can help others to be happy, and Enjoy the Ride. In the movie “Patch Adams”, the character said: “The reason adults should look as though they are having fun, is to give kids a reason to want to grow up!” ~ Patch Adams
I have this motto in my life and I try hard to never forget: a minute you dedicate to negative thinking, to hate, to complain, to suffer, to envy, to judge, to condemn, to make fun of others, to be angry and stay that way …..it is a minute lost, and that minute will never get back. It is my duty and my responsibility to get to Enjoy the Ride!
I can’t finish this post without including the “collage” I created with the meaning of “Enjoy the Ride” to my first giveaway participants: Linda Robinson, Susan, Suzanne, Kelly Ann Kelly, Kelly Thiel, Valerie Hart, Michele Fauss, Carrie Schmitt, Sydney, Kris Johnson, Jacqueline, Rebecca E. Parson, Trudy Honeycutt, Wini, Kristy, Jennifer, Kelly Letky and Marianne. This is for you and for all these brave girls!
Enjoy the Ride is paying attention to the surroundings, noticing all miracles, colors, smells, feelings. It is to relax and embrace each moment, each situation. It is living grateful for all you have. Circumstances change, but we can find joy in the ride. Don’t take things too seriously. Plan to get things done and enjoy the execution. Focus on the present and enjoy it, the past is gone. Live each day to the fullest, pay attention and live it consciously, find joy even in the smallest things and share that joy. Have fun while you are here in this amazing Earth. Enjoy each minute of this wild and wonderful life because is a long journey. Live it up and be “present” in all you do savoring each moment. Conquer your fears. Learn to let it go and listen to the beauty that goes in your life. Forget the blues and put on a smile. Embrace and enjoy all the opportunities available in this life. You only get one “go around” in this Earth, kick back, relax and breath it all. Make the most of each moment. Look for the good and focus on the positive, “throw your hands to the air”, be ready for some bumps along the way and “Enjoy the Ride”.
One Last Thought….
To get to Enjoy the Ride…no matter the circumstances and problems we face, we have to EMBRACE with all our heart, with all our energy a change in ATTITUDE. We must practice KINDNESS, GRATITUDE, FORGIVENESS, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, HUMBLENESS, HONESTY, JOY and LAUGHTER. Practicing all those values one day at a time, one step at a time will get you to ENJOY THE RIDE ……THE KEY FOR A LIFE WORTH LIVED….
“Being Happy is the Cure of all Deseases”..from Patch Adams
ENJOY THE RIDE
I would love to hear from you in my comment’s section or through my email. For this specific post your comment will allow you to participate in the GIVEAWAY posted on earlier that ends in September 30! Go to the post Enjoy the Ride..Finding Connections..The Giveaway for more information, come back, comment and share this post!