I am lovin' all the gratitude vibes permeating the blogosphere this month!
Just a few little "blisses" on my mind this morning...
Choices...I love that I get to choose every day what my attitude will be. I get to decide how I will respond to my experiences and emotions. This is huge. It means I am in the driver's seat.
Beginnings...Every day I get a fresh start. Everything I put my hands to has potential. Beginning something affirms that I have hope.
Community...Being connected to creative, kind individuals keeps me centered and makes me more courageous.
As I was perusing the link-up for Art Every Day Month yesterday I came across a tutorial for a painted paper mosaic by Marcia Beckett. Marcia is an art teacher and a very gifted mixed media artist and her blog is full of beautiful journal pages and inspiration. Her paper mosaic really caught my eye so I decided to do my own take on it.
After "scrubbing" some gesso onto an old book page I picked through my little pile (okay, it's really a big pile) of paper bits and came up with these.
The fun and relaxing part was the doodling...
In a way these two images illustrate how practicing gratitude can change our experience. Sometimes life is like the first image...just a bunch of bits: unrelated and sometimes chaotic. Like the pen lines and colors in the second image, gratitude connects the bits, creating a vibrant, complex composition where each element relates to and supports the others.
Gratitude is a game changer.
A grateful life is alive with hope and possibilities. If I can manage to be thankful for something, then I can trust it is somehow going to be used for something good. The really great news is that gratitude isn't something we have to strive for, it is something we choose to allow into our lives. When we allow it, gratitude flows just as creativity does, washing away strife and leaving peace in its place.
Choosing gratitude = Choosing to let your heart rest
I can't believe it is Friday already. I hope you find a little time to celebrate, rest, create, or do whatever brings you joy this weekend!
I'm linking up today with:
These link-ups are a great way to connect with other artists and creatives and see a lot of inspiring work. If you have the time, it is great fun to check them out and follow a few rabbit trails!