Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Living a Life of Richness Can be Painful

December sunset on the northern Oregon coast
It has been a sad week for me and my dear ones. Within the space of a week friends and family of mine have had news of two tragic deaths of loved ones. I was not close to the two who have passed on but I hurt so for my friends and family who now must stumble through the pain and tragedy of it all. Losing loved ones is never easy but this time of the year it just plain sucks. That said, we are greatly enriched  by having these beautiful people in our lives even when their untimely passing causes such pain. I think of how I was when I was young and death touched me relatively lightly. I wouldn't trade places with my younger self. Life has such richness and experiencing loss and pain is part of that growth.
I have been taking the opportunity and realization that comes with these heart-wrenching events and the end of one year and beginning of another to get my life and art practice reorganized around the now clear goals that I have come to understand. Wrapping up a year and starting a new one is always a good time but this year feels different. Do you feel the graveness in the world? Do you feel the richness? There is a startling urgency in the air to realign our priorities with the reality of our home planet. Great change is in the air. Change can be scary and perilous but it can also be a gateway to wonderous transformation and opportunity.
I will be taking a brief absence from posting while I get things in order and gear up for the coming year. Next post is my 100th post for this blog. Only fitting for it to be the beginning of a new year, new life, and new and continuing journey.
I will wrap up with a wonderful quote I read on Lori McNee's Fine Art Tips blog :
“All life’s problems can be solved by more paint or painting more.” -Donna Zagotta.
It certainly helps! I would also add making music in addition to painting. 
I wish one and all a heartfelt, nurturing, healing, peaceful holiday season. I will see you all here in a couple of weeks, in 2012!
Peace and joy, -Renee


Crystal Cook said...

I am so sorry for you and your loved ones Renee. That is never easy like you said, but especially so at this time of year. My heart goes out to you.

Will be looking forward to your return in the new year. Hope you have a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

Anonymous said...

Dear Renee,
I have been a sad failure as a blog poster and commenter on other people's blogs, but of course I have been following yours with enormous interest. I am very sorry to hear of your current sorrow, but I know it will make you even deeper and more soulful. I agree about the tenor of the times. I try to be courageous about the changes I sense on the horizon, but...Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and more discoveries on your artful path.

R. Delight said...

Thank you Crystal and Dana, I appreciate the comments. I know that I am not the only one with these experiences as they are part of every persons long and fruitful life.
Dana, it is so good to hear from you! You are not a failure with your blog as I know that sometimes there are other priorities in life. I hope you have an opportunity to get back to blogging again as your "voice" is rich and your work and insights beautiful. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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