Set loose the artist within you

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Do you subscribe to a daily word of inspiration? Do you subscribe to several? “Yes” to both questions for me. One of my daily subscriptions is “Word for the Day” from Gratefulness.org. From time to time I copy the word into my daily calendar and set it to repeat annually. So what?

On September 23, 2010 Greta Crosby’s word about artistry was the Word for the Day. I needed to hear it. I was ready to hear it.

I was home less than a year after my long (13 month) hospital stay. I had suffered many losses (death is the most profound, but not the only loss we will encounter in our lives). I was determined (still am) to recover as much as possible from my illness. Some days this effort was easier than others.

To see myself as an artist—not as a broken and weakened body using a walker to get around, lamenting how easily I tired—was an exhilarating transformation. “I’m an artist! I’m weaving something new with materials I didn’t request, and would like to replace, but this is what I have to work with. So what will I weave today?”

May you be blessed to find the artist within you. I invite you to set loose that artist; you can do this—you are the only one who can do this. If you are a companion to one who is grieving (any kind of) a loss, invite the artist to emerge from your friend, your loved one, your bereaved one. Be gentle in your invitation, artistry blossoms with gentleness.

Here is why I like Word for the Day: there is a marvelous timeliness to the word. At just the right moment (the moment I’m ready to hear) the “right word” appears in the inbox.

Having determined to make this post based on the word of Sep 23, 2011 I received this today: “No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” (Elie Wiesel)

Let us be grateful together as we weave something new today.

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