be still and listen

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I haven’t blogged in a while.  I have been quiet and trying to listen.

There is so much chatter, vaingloriousness and bravado everywhere.

I have been busy ignoring all the above mentioned doings. I have been taking care of my family, myself, our cattle, land and my small pottery business.  All of these bring me joy.

This year I decided to take my pottery business up a notch.  I got detained a couple of times, but I am ready now.

I will be in the studio more, making things I love.

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I will be having a flash shop event very soon.  I am excited about that!

I am also revamping my website to make it easier to purchase my pottery and give you a better view of my world here in central Texas.

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It is good to be still and listen for a while.  It keeps me grounded, calm and aware.

Until next time, be blessed!

Much love,

Cindy

Phil.4:16

Ebb and Flow

There is an ebb and flow to life. Highs and lows.

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Some days we are just so grateful for everything, some days,

not so much.

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During times of the lows, it is easy to stay down, to just give in

to the feeling of sadness, loneliness, grief, resentment and even

anger.  All those feelings are ok, we can feel them, we can wallow in

them and even find comfort in them.

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But, for me, I don’t like those feelings.  I like calm and balanced.

Something I strive for.  I may be a little boring for some, a little

too low keyed.  Or some may think I don’t have enough fire.

(Oh, but I do when necessary!)

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With the passing of my Dad a few weeks ago, I felt like doing nothing.

Making things, creating, getting my hands dirty is what I am made of,  but

that didn’t interest me…..until I heard my Dad’s voice say “Create or learn something

new everyday.” Which he did every single day of his life.

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This is how I am being genuine and true to myself.

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Even if it is just creating a small flower arrangement or

a tiny clay tile.  Learning a new word in another language,

honing my amateur photography. Something new everyday.

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Pottery is instilled in me.  It is my favorite art medium.

I love to pound the clay to ready it for throwing.  That lets

out so much aggression!  Throwing on a wheel is like meditation to me.

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Not every piece is perfect.  A client called my work, perfectly

imperfect.  I will take it.  I am not perfect, I am being shaped by

a higher power.   I do not strive for perfection, but rather, usefulness

and aesthetics.

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Being in my studio, with all the things I love around me,

is where I love to be.  I have lovely paintings created by my Mom and

Dad.  Sculptures by friends, lots of treasured gifts and pieces

of nature that I have picked up or family and friends have given

me.  Photos of my kids and grandkids.  It is messy, unorganized and

just a juxtaposition of stuff.  But it is home base.

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It is where I go to feel the ebb and flow of life.  To get a

grip, to celebrate, to decompress.  I am not much on talking

to others about my problems or achievements.  (My husband and closest

friends are the exception, they get an ear full!) I know I

can go into my studio, crank up the music, cry, pitch a fit, dance.

I know that whatever I create that day will be a part of my ebb and flow.

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You don’t have to be an artist to create.  Being a great cook,

designer,  gardener is creating.  Being a good person, understanding

and listening.  Being fair and non judgmental.  Having a goal, striving

to be the salt and light.  All of this is creating and being useful.

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So whatever you ebb and flow is today, go with it. Feel it.

But do something that is useful and beautiful, even if it is just

for today.

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Be blessed.

Until next time, much love,

Cindy

Hebrews 4:16

 

Be Still and Listen

It looks like rain.  Something we haven’t seen in our small town in months.  My husband told me the old rancher guys would say, while drinking their coffee at the local gas station/diner, “We are one day closer to rain!”

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We will welcome the relief from the blistering 110+ degree days.

The earth will drink up the must anticipated moisture, the air will be cleaned of the dust from the Sahara deserts and the creeks, stock tanks and rivers will flow with water for the animals.

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We may miss this chance of rain today, but we will continue to hope, pray and wish for a gully washer to come our way.

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Wishing for rain to make us feel better, to calm us, to relieve us, is a lot like wishing for better days ahead.   We are sometime in a, you might call it, a drought, an uncertainty, a holding pattern in our own lives.  I know that sometimes I get stuck in a holding pattern, a funk, thinking my hands are tied and can’t do anything about the situation.  I am waiting for the rain to wash it all away.

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But there are things I can do while waiting on the rain.  I can still face the sky with wonder, watch nature with amazement and joy.

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I can love the people close to me, hold on to them a little tighter, really listening to them and learn their story, laugh more, create more, stay calm, practice grace and dignity.  Pray.

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We were all made a promise and I look forward to that day.

Colossians 1:16

much love,

Cindy

 

 

 

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