I have an affinity for proverbs and calendars that provide me with little quotes for each day of the year. In fact, I have one such calendar in my entry and each morning I pull off the previous day’s quote to reveal what the thought of the day might be today…
Two of these quotes caught me eye over the past week:
We should never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours.When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry your to freedom. Swami Vivekananda
When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing. Zen Proverb
I have internalized these two quotes and have taken some time to reflect on their meaning as it pertains to me. I know in my heart that I need to walk my own path and I have been following it for years now, but every once in a while a distraction pulls me off this path and has me get lost in its vistas and exciting possibilities. I am fine with this and allow extra time and energy for such occasions as they provide new ideas and possibilities. Eventually I return to my own familiar path. As to keeping on climbing – I am doing that! There is no mountain top high enough – besides, I get vertigo when I look down – so the only option is to continue climbing…
It was a crazy time last week with getting prepared for the Open Studio, putting finishing touches on the food, making sure enough seating was provided for visitors. I am sure you get the picture and certainly have heard enough about it in last week’s posts.
After taking a day off to take down the student exhibition, clearing space for new work and just not worrying what tomorrow might bring I am slowly emerging with recharged batteries. I have started to complete a quilt for friends and unrolled the handwoven silk and linen fabric Colin wove for our future son-in-law’s wedding shirt. There is a field of flowers in the distance and I am walking to toward it. Summer is in full swing with sunny days, heat waves, the hum of air conditioners and fans disrupting the song birds’ concert – but I am not complaining!
New adventures and challenges are what keep me advancing – the life of the artist is never dull!