Let me show you my best painting secret!
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For most of us each weekday is about getting up and starting a process of chores culminating in a commute home again after eight hours of work. The same routine becomes a rut and the rut seems to get deeper with time. We all know that time tends to speed by ever faster as we get older too. Is it really August! It seems that we have just seen off the New Year and it is downhill to December again!
That intro was not particularly inspiring was it? No indeed! I wonder whether we are living now how we imagined it would be ten, twenty or more years ago? How many are disappointed by how things turned out? Some may be happy or even perhaps exceeding expectations. The very few I should think. The thing is though we are responsible for it all.
Recently I have experienced the up and down of a hectic week. For three days my mind kept me mired in the frustration of drudgery. I was blocked and annoyed. What I wanted and what was happening were poles apart. Everyone around me seemed to be in a similar state and we all fed off this negative energy. Then an amazing thing happened. I cannot say what the exact spark was, but a solution arose and almost instantly my situation changed.
A creative solution came to mind and literally within minutes we were all filled with renewed energy and there was smiles all round. I could only marvel at the mood I was in only hours before. It seemed ridiculous actually. Why take a lesson from one week? Because that week was a microcosm of months and years. Cycles of ups and downs without awareness of just how we each could change these conditioned responses.
What I imagine to be the case is usually just that - my imagination. When I paint or work on preparations to paint my imagination and actions are in sync. Positive creative energy gets flowing and solutions come with action. When I let chores and paperwork, for example, drag me down I am simply letting my mind turn it into a drama that does not really exist.
The quote above says it all. What we paint on our life's canvas depends on our imagination. Good bad or indifferent. It is up to us to create it and that is good, because we have the power to change what we imagine.