“Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past” Viktor Frankl

By on Oct 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reflect on the Richness.. “The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him?No, thank you,’ he will think. ‘Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy.’ “From “Logotherapy in a Nutshell”, an essay” ? Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for...

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10 Birthday Breakthrough’s

By on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

10 Birthday Breakthroughs Observations to embrace at any age Birthday Pondering’s:1. I am the age that I am ( will never be younger than I am~ okay I can go east and be hours younger.. but then there is a point where east meets west and I will be older – wait how does that work if I go to california I will be 2 hours younger …. but if I keep going east to new zealand I will be a day older… hmm where is the time sweet spot? 2. I am the height that I am (will never be taller than I am (accept with heels:) 3. I weigh what I weigh. 4. I really do get a kick out of myself. Much of the time I enjoy what I am thinking & saying to myself. 5. I can’t help but talk to strangers 6. I am ever so thankful for my health 7. I am ever so thankful for my family 8. I am ever so thankful for friends 9. I delight in simple things 10. My desire is to live so that each moment leaves me in a positive way~                              Forever Changed ~ Never More the...

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Stop Reinventing the Wheel! Take A Tip from Degas

By on Apr 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Take a Hint from Degas:  Creative Efficiency Art does not expand, it repeats itself. -Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Stop Reinventing the Wheel! A confession:  I struggle to not reinvent the wheel. When it comes to my workshops and speeches, I’m often starting over from scratch in some way. There are probably a few layers to this. All the way from poor organization to the need to be original and current. Fresh Trusting that what I’ve done before is valuable, worthwhile, good enough maybe even brilliant. Brilliant My advice: Take a hint from Edgar Degas. Edgar Degas was what I see as “creatively efficient.” That’s what I want to be too. (Spoiler Alert: This might change your perspective of art) Years ago, at a Degas Exhibit, I noticed there were similar images in his pictures.  Then I read that he would trace  images to copy his own art and use it again and again. Wow, who knew? I sure didn’t. He’d actually use the tracings to add to different pictures, and (this is the part I loved) reverse the image.  He’d turn over a drawing and rub it onto a fresh page,  juxtaposing the images for greater impact. Certainly history has proven that the way he went at his Art didn’t detract from his success. My first thought: Does this really count as art? I bet lots of people could do great work if they just traced or reused what they did well. It seemed like cheating. Second thought: Brilliant! Duh… doing over and over again what you do really well = Mastery This is Mastery. Mastery is one of the desires of my heart. And the desire reminds me of a time I attended an Art Show with my daughter. I was talking about something I’d just painted. She said “Cool, Mom, but all you paint is hearts.” I said “Yes, I know,” feeling a little discouraged. Then we came to the next set of paintings on the wall of the Gallery, and guess what? They were all of the same subject, only presented in slightly different ways. That began a deeper discussion. I reminded my daughter that many of the great painters painted the same thing over and over...

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History is thankful Monet took the Challenge

By on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, Vision | 0 comments

  Sometimes we see, hear or do something that changes our lives forever.   Monet’s ”Water lilies” was one of those pivotal life experiences for me.  I was 12 when I first saw them at the Art Institute in Chicago.  They transported me into a world of color and depth that fed my soul and felt like home. That visit sparked a life-long interest in Monet and his work. He was a man who took a challenge put before him, discovering a gift and a joy that would be part of his life forever.  Later, he founded the French Impressionism movement.  His life’s work and this particular style of expression inspired and influenced artists of his time and those that followed. Currently, I’m reading Claude Monet’s biography. I find it fascinating that he — who I associate with big beautiful ‘get lost’ in color artwork — actually started out with charcoal caricatures. Story has it In 1856 Eugene Boudin invited him to come paint with him outside at 5 a.m.  Startled by this request, Claude laughs and responds, “Why that early hour is unreasonable!!” (my sentiments also).  Boudin responds, “Of course it is unreasonable!” He then tells Monet he’ll bring everything he needs — all the supplies, the easel, everything — all he needs to do is show up. Eventually, he puts it as an outright challenge.  Boudin became his mentor and taught him to use oil paints as well as “en plein air” (outdoor) techniques for painting. Thankfully for me, and much of the world, Claude Monet accepted that challenge. Once he got started, he never turned back and his new discovery and passion made him famous.  Wow! Thank goodness. I couldn’t imagine a world without Monet. But what struck me about this story was Monet’s categorization of Boudin’s request as “Unreasonable.” The definition of Unreasonable is “exceeding the bounds of reason or moderation, not guided by or based on good sense.” Whether or not Claude actually said this, it started me thinking. What if he’d not taken the challenge? What if he’d let something stop him from getting up at O’too-early that morning? How many wonderful things do we have because of those who have done unreasonable things?...

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3 Tips from Michelangelo

By on Mar 25, 2014 in Vision | 6 comments

The Michelangelo Way to Realizing Your Vision Like a Genius “If you knew how much work went into it you wouldn’t call it genius.”  Michelangelo Webster’s definition of vision : a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination. My definition: Vision is a combination of wishes, dreams and ideas with vivid imagination based in possibility.  There is a realistic edge to it, as wild as it may seem. According to legend, an awestruck admirer looked at Michelangelo’s finished statue of David and asked him how he’d done it. Michelangelo replied: “David was always there in the marble. I just took away everything that was not David.”  Story has it the piece of marble was humongous “scrap” piece. In 1501, when Michelangelo started his work,  he promised his patron to carve a statue from this block without cutting it down or adding other marble. He knew what he was going for. He had the vision of what “David’ was going to look like.  I imagine he felt the essence of it inside himself and the marble. We’re talking marble here, so  he must have had a deep knowing of what he was creating. While this is a fabulous example of vision, it also makes realizing your vision sound easy.But easy is the furthest thing from the truth…. Having a vision definitely pulls you forward,  It can feel a little like being enchanted — you can’t stop walking towards it. At least that’s how it can feel when your vision is clear. However, when it’s not so clear, it feels more like a wrestling match than a walk into a beautiful enchanted meadow. You might have an idea of what your vision or dream is, but it feels buried somewhere deep inside. Or you might not have a clue. Either way, good chance there were times in your life when you wanted something and you made it happen. It was worth whatever it took to make ‘it’ a reality. You did the hard work and didn’t let anything stop you. Realizing a bigger vision is a lot like that. Start by giving yourself  permission to imagine what your realized dream would look … “Michelangelo worked with his hammer and chisel to remove the marble that...

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