I believe right now in American history is an important time to explore what courage means to us on a very personal level. I’m working on a mission statement for myself, a courage mantra in succinct language I’ll be able to summon when needed.
I’ve scribbled and doodled and drawn circles and arrows, however, I don’t quite have it yet. I’ll let you know when I do. I would be curious to know if you have a statement of this nature that you would be willing to share.
I love it when an idea won’t let me go…it seems that it’s demanding more of me. I have some travel time to sketch and write today on my way to my niece’s wedding in South Dakota and maybe some thoughts will take root. I’m pretty sure these images are in reaction to my “shitty roommate” post from last week. Perhaps these images represent the flip side of our lousy inner voice? I thought of this quote as I worked on these photographs.
“Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”
An intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses the consciousness on a narrow subject.
I love getting hyperfocused creatively. This lets me rule out all of the other possibilities I get so distracted by all day every day. So right now—February of the year 2016 my focus is on the prairie. My ideas have a place to land and someone to explore them with. This collaborative project is in the conceptual stage, but there’s a guiding principle and that makes all the difference.
I highly recommend, if you haven’t already, to make some choices about where you want to spend your energy. I did an inventory and I realized that a few things on my list just had to go. There isn’t time for everything that interests me. I had to prioritize. It wasn’t easy, but taking a hard look at my list was pretty eye-opening.
I am finding myself at a major crossroads in my life and I’m actively searching for a needed change. I am 47. My son is leaving for college this fall and my twin daughters are starting high school. My husband has changed his life dramatically and he is doing work that is both meaningful and engaging. I usually define myself as an artist, but the path has been pretty rudderless this last year. I’m taking some time—trying to gain a better understanding of how my talents can be best utilized. I want to use my powers for good (rarely for evil). I don’t mind the search. The process is a little painful, but never dull. It will be interesting to see what is revealed (or not) in the future. I would love to hear your stories of life’s transitions if you’re interested in sharing.