Every month a group of women from around the world have banded together to post a blog with the same theme. This month’s them is Gratitude. Here is my contribution – and when you are finished with this – head on over to Jennifer Vitale’s post here.
At this time of the year, we all spend time giving thanks. Like everybody else, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, my health. To me, gratitude is making a conscious decision not to focus on what is missing from my life, but focusing on what I have.
One of the things I’m most grateful for is the self realization that I’m an artist. But, how did that happen? It was a journey, and when I started on it, I didn’t know where it would take me.
I admit, I was always a little different, I’ve always marched to a different drum. I dressed a little differently, I thought a little differently, I’d like to say my head was in the clouds, but it really was always in a book.
I was always drawn to the creative people, not realizing I was one myself. Then one day I saw a book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Well, this got my attention as I’m left-handed, and therefore a little right brained. So, my journey began, and it continues today.
But, I knew I was an artist when I started seeing things differently. I see faces in the negative spaces of foliage, or in the plastic window of the jeep in front of me. I see people dancing in the clouds. I began observing, really looking at the world around me.
I see a mother playing with her baby in Canada.
I see so many things in Russia.
I see colors.
So, while I’m grateful for so many things, I am grateful that my journey has allowed me to see with the eye of an artist.
In reading about gratitude, I have joined The Gratitude Challenge, and signed the pledge.
Now – head over to Jennifer Vitale’s post here.