I just finished this watercolor painting of stampeding horses and it was an important moment for me. For years I thought I was not artistic because my cousin could draw very good horses and mine, well, they were a pretty sad stab at drawing horses so I concluded that she was artistic and I was not. Turns out I can draw horses after all! I just needed to practice more (4 or 5 decades! ).
What is it that Malcolm Gladwell says? For expertise a person must practice 10,000 hours. So although I’m a far cry from 10,000 hours, I am pretty pleased with this painting and what it means.
As I was working on it the scales tipped and it became November, that means the Holiday Stampede is ratcheted up a couple notches! All good things…. All sorts of fun and tradition! But all of a sudden there was a clump of commitments! How did THAT happen?
But in preparing the 2 retreats I gave this month, I’ve been thinking and praying about, “a Recipe for a Happy Holiday” – given to senior citizens- and “Blessing the Space Between Us”.
It’s an honor to be asked to speak and I was surprised how much I had missed it since ” retiring”.
So here we are in the Holiday Rush with Thanksgiving less than a week away and I guess that the sort of mindless rush of a stampede is a reminder to be more intentional.
An intention is an important and powerful decision. An intention is clarifying your choices about what is healthy and right for you. It will help determine where you’ll put your energy and focus. To pause and breathe and get in touch with your deeper heart desires, then frame that in a clear sentence or two helps a person maintain health and balance, especially with all the Holiday “stuff” going on. An intention helps so much with decision making because it’s pretty clear what fits and what should be declined. So in looking at the stampeding horses painting, I think I’ll take a minute and consider my personal intentions for this 2013 holiday season before things clump together too much. May your intentions be clear and your gratitude tangible!