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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Loud quiet

I have noticed lately how loud the world is becoming.  Even on a quiet day there is noise.  Cell phones buzzing and dinging for our attention, fitbits and Apple watches vibrating to walk more or check that instant message.

Reminders going off on iPads and Alexa.  All first world problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is all part of the way we live now.  I am just as guilty.  I check my iPhone for emails and messages, posting photos on my facebook and instagram.  Setting alarms and reminders.

Then, something happens and makes you step back and want to actually enjoy all the good quiet that you are missing out on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of us, me included, work ninety to nothing to notch out a living, reach the next level, just one more thing to do and I will sit down and relax.

But do we really relax?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is so easy to get wrapped up in our business, our to-do list, being involved in the community.   That is all well and good, however, a little down time is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit, that I am wound a little tight.  I do not “sit” well.

I have to be doing something. When I feel myself getting a little overwhelmed, anxious or not being able to manage things out of my control.  I seek out nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking a long walk, I usually find things that fascinate me.  There is so many wonderful delights to behold if we just take the time to notice them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a whole other world that exists outside.  A simple, beautiful world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It just goes on being incredible each day, whether we notice it or not.

I was raised to notice and give thanks for all that nature has to offer.  I married a extremely busy rancher/broker who will always pauses for a beautiful sunset

or to points out a baby animal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting away from the buzzing of the everyday life yields good memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bonfire at night with the full moon shining brightly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching a passing thunderstorm and being enchanted by the delicate light afterward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our very favorite things to do is going to the river.  Letting our dogs swim and fetch sticks, letting them explore the riverbanks, fields and woods.

Kayaking with the grandkids is the greatest.  Seeing things through their eyes gives me a new splendor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a shame that many people just sit in their homes with loud quiet all around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not knowing that if they just open a window and hear a bird call, feel the breeze, smell the rain their mood might switch to a more relaxed state of mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I take my own advice, I will disconnect from the first world problems, just for a while each day.  Go outside and feel the earth under my feet, the breeze on my face, watch the clouds float by.

And give thanks for the wonders of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go hold the moon in your hand, it is an astonishing feeling.

The loud quiet can wait.

Until next time,

much love,

Cindy

 

Psalm 95:4-5