Sometimes I get lost (not physically lost, I live on an island for goodness sake)! I get emotionally lost.
Does that sound weird? It feels weird. How old do I have to get before I always remember “who I am” — on the inside?
I know I’m lost when I forget how to have fun or what makes me feel good about myself and about life in general.
I get lost when I over-think or over-work or over-worry about anything.
This is also a product of trying to control life. Control is a tricky word. It can be a verb or a noun, sometimes it’s “good” and sometimes “not so good”.
Self-control might be the only kind of control we actually have, and that’s not even always true.
We might like to think we can control outcomes. We can’t, not really.
Hopefully, we know we can’t control others! Although that doesn’t stop people from trying!
All that we can hope to control is our response or reaction to the world around us.
My antidote to getting lost is to look for the ever-present magic and mystery in life and to share it with others.
It’s easy to forget that magic and mystery ARE ever-present! Forgetting this is fatal to my well-being, and, I suspect, to that of others.
When I remember to look for the magic and mystery, it’s usually found.
Last week, when I felt lost, I asked IWS what to paint. She suggested I paint the energy of “Beauty, Magic, Mystery, and Joy”.
I gathered all the magical objects I’ve been saving — the kinds of things that evoke questions or are beautiful in and of themselves (at least to me).
Then I closed my eyes and waited to see what my mind’s eye suggested.
This involves getting out of the way and trusting that whatever comes to mind is the “right” thing to paint.
My “Hide-N-Seek” painting process is perfect for this magical task and the painting was begun.
“Beauty, Magic, Mystery, and Joy” has been evolving for the past two weeks.
I remind myself often to “only paint what I know to paint”.
Part of painting magic and mystery is to not “over explain.” That way you can find your own level of mystery and magic within the painting.
Once you do find your magic and mystery, please email me to tell me what you found: email@example.com