I am growing into my artist self (she is definitely a "lifter"!) and there have been times that I have made the creative process more difficult than it needed to be. I recall one day last spring so incredibly beautiful that I had to capture it somehow. I tried to paint it but God's creation so overwhelmed my senses that day that everything I painted was inadequate. I then chose the simple way to capture only the colors of the blooms that caught my attention. When I look at this picture below, I remember the colors, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the smell of spring - it all comes back. Rather than leaning in to create a perfect image, I am now lifted whenever I see this image.
I am also relearning how to pray in a way that is "lifting". Poet Mary Oliver shares that desire so well …
It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
~ Mary Oliver ~
Thank you, Bob, for a "lifting" message as I continue to re-create a more life-giving way of being present in the world. Thank you Mary for always stating the truth so simply.
For those who have not visited our Facebook page recently, we are now posting a Friday morning blessing if that would be a support for your journey.
May you choose an attitude of lifting for this day and may you, then, be equipped to lift others.