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Friday, 28 September 2018

The Attitude Of Gratitude - Back to my Usual Style



Several years ago, shortly after I became ill, a friend suggested maybe it was time for me to settle down. Until that point, I lived a free-spirited life. I did not stay in one place or in the same house for too long, I did not really place much value on owning stuff, I had very few personal possessions and I spent most of what I had on travel and having a good time.

At the time, I did not take much of what my friend said seriously. But some of his words must have stayed with me...


Unconsciously, I did exactly what my friend suggested. We have been living in the same place, in the same house for years. Illness did play its part in this, but so did my own complacency. I became so wrapped up in my illness that it was hard to focus on anything else. 

As a by-product of this I became lethargic, bored and restless (An interesting combination, which I do not recommend.). It was then I turned to internet for comfort. The internet is a wonderful thing. There is so much information out there, so many great blogs to visit and so many wonderful videos to watch, not to mention how easy it is to connect with other people from the comfort of your own home. 

Unfortunately, it also makes shopping incredibly uncomplicated. It is so undemanding to mindlessly click on an item and have it delivered to your front door. I, due in part to my situation,  fell into the trap of on-line shopping effortlessly.  Hardly a day went by when I was not expecting a delivery. I did not consider it a problem until (as you know), quite recently.

My de-clutter and my move toward minimalism has been a revelation.  I was buying stuff in order to increase my sense of security and self-worth.  It worked for a while. To the outside world, everything was fine. I had all this stuff, that society says we need, but inside I was an empty mess. The more I owned the more insecure I became. I lost my sense of who I was; all that mattered was owning more stuff.

Having less has taught,  or reminded me of what I already knew, a lot, but most importantly it has taught me the value of gratitude. Being grateful for what I have and not continually wanting and looking for more, has given me a real sense of freedom. We all need things, but when we have too many they become a burden; a weight around the neck.

I recently started a gratitude list. At first, I could only think of a few things to write down. I also started what I call my ‘gratitude practice.’ In the morning, before I get out of bed, I thank the universe for everything I have in my life and, guess what; my list gets bigger and bigger. The more grateful I am for what I have the more I have to be grateful for. Just starting the day with the intention of being grateful has had a real impact on how I see myself and how I see the world. Sometimes I have a big, stupid grin on my face all day just through adopting an attitude of gratitude.

On with the art. I posted an unfinished version of this piece on Instagram. It proved quite popular and I hope you like it, too. It is more in keeping with my usual style, which I thoroughly enjoy doing.

Have a great weekend and a super PPF.  


 This post is linked to Paint Party Friday. 

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20 comments:

  1. It's very important to be grateful for what we have and what we are. Beautiful art! Happy PPF, Valerie

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    1. Hi, Valerie. Thank you. Yes, I have found being grateful brings all sorts of possibilities to life.

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  2. What an interesting story of you, thank you for it.
    You have such great talents of art. To create it is worth of gratitude.
    Love your art today.
    Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend

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    1. Thank you, sirkkis. Your comment flatters me.

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  3. This piece is so intricately done... it's beautiful!
    I see nature in it and I love nature.
    Thank you for sharing this part of your personal story. It was definitely inspiring!
    Best wishes to you and Happy PPF 🎨

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    1. Thank you, Jan. All I have is my experience and I feel it only right to share it. Someone may just get something from what I say.

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  4. Happy to hear of your gratitude list.
    Very interesting piece of art
    Happy PPF John. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    MuchπŸ’›πŸ’™❤love

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  5. A very interesting piece! I also found your narrative quite interesting. Yes, being grateful for what we have is so important. Waiting for packages can almost be an addiction, We looks for certain things to make us feel whole again (internet included!)I am glad you are coming to terms with all of that. I appreciated you sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Colorful World. Yes, it is not so much a 'coming to terms,' more of an awakening of being mindful about life and its many choices.

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  6. Wow, are that all dots? It's beautiful ... Very 3D. That gratitude practice sounds like great advice. I will surely try it. Although I'm afraid I won't feel very grateful during the week when the alarm goes off and I'm still too tired to get up. But I can try, right ;-) Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, denthe. Thank you much. Yes, they are all dots. All anyone can do is try. I feel the key to success is belief. When one believes what they are saying it opens all sorts of doors.

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  7. wonderful art piece! I don't have patience for such details :)

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    1. Hi, NatashaMay. Thank you so much for your comment. I don't have a great deal of patience. I tend to do this sort of thing over a period of time while I am working on other projects.

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  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and bigger thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Your post sends very calm and emotional (not yak sweet!) message.
    You really know how to write. Which makes me unsure: 'is my English good enough' - at school my English teacher hated me but I loved the language. I've been shy to write English for years. But one day I thought, what happens if my grammar is not good, if I make mistakes, so? If people understand what I mean, isn't that most important thing between people? Then I relaxed..now I've written in English 10 yrs (a blog, and not too difficult subjects, autch!)..Nice to meet you John!

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    1. Thank you, Blogitse. Your comment is very much appreciated. Your English is fine. And so what if it is not, there is beauty in vulnerability.

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  9. not sure why but this piece reminds me of a lions head :)

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    1. Thank you for commenting, NatureFootstep. Like most of my art - it is what it is.

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