Friday, June 20, 2014

Willing To Let Go

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us"...Joseph Campbell.

 I was looking at my Facebook news line the other day and came across an entry and photo of two students in New York City. Both were asked what they wanted to be when they, "grow up". The answers that they gave were not what got me to thinking, rather it was how often in the future lives of these young people that answer may, most likely will,  change. I am sure if we look back to our own responses from the past to that same question many of us are not where we thought we would be at this given point in time in our lives.  Some of us may think back with regret. Contemplating those dreams lost or never even attempted, we may blame our parents for not allowing us to go after our dream. I remember an individual I knew many years ago in college. He wanted to become a Social Worker. His parents put their foot down and he was left with the choice of selecting their choices for him(doctor/lawyer) or he could mange on his own, At the time I'm sure going to medical school seemed like the logical thing to do, yet 25 years later he left the medical profession and pursued his dream only to find out it wasn't what he wanted.

Our dreams may have been put on hold while a spouse was put through school, a family was raised, money was saved for some big project, only to find when all was accomplished the original dream was no closer to being attained.
I started this entry with a quote from Joseph Campbell. I came across this quote just the other day and have been giving it a lot of thought. I, like so many others, put my dream on hold. I supported a husband through many years of school, I worked extra jobs to support my children hoping to let them have that opportunity to live their dreams earlier in life, I worked dutifully in order to save and plan for my precious retirement.  And now, forty some years later, I'm able to turn towards my own dream. Yet, what I realize is how my own dream has changed through those forty years.  All that I have done, the many years of teaching, the family that I raised, these many journeys of my life have made me who I am today and it is these things that have altered and improved the direction my dream is taking me.
So many of us hold so tightly to our dreams. We squeeze them until the original reasons we were headed in that direction have been forgotten. We need to remember that it is OK to put aside the fear that makes us cling so tightly to our past dreams. It is this fear that won't allow us to see a different future. Sometimes we need to just let go and let our journey continue down whatever path we are destined to travel. 
For me, my dream is changing.  I'm not sure how it will look when this shift is over. The one thing I am sure of though,  it will be the direction I am meant to travel. I struggle with that monster Fear on a daily basis, yet the one thing I am sure of it is not going to hold me back from this next part of the journey.

I would love to hear from you. Are you moving towards your dream? Have you realized it ?
How have you dealt with that monster; called Fear?

Enjoy Life Now...

It Has An Expiration Date

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Moving Forward...A New Place

Sometimes it seems that life throws us problems, sometimes full blown assaults. You lose the momentum to move in any direction. you are simply STUCK. As an old physics teacher I realize that the amount of force needed to overcome inertia is much great than that which is needed to keep an object in motion, continuing down the same path and in the same direction. I believe this also applies to the emotional movement of an individual. We should realize that it takes time to heal. There will be days that motion simply is not occurring. You need to give into this part of the process, it is necessary for the healing to begin or continue. On those days that you feel as if life is starting to move forward, enjoy it. Allow the forward motion to take you to your new place. So many well intentioned people will try to take you back to where you were. A return to before the pain and anguish. There is no way to go back to; Before. You must now try to fnd a here and now with the pain, yes, but most importantly the cherished memories of the life that has moved on. I made it back into the studio this week, all around are memories of my daughter. The paintings she liked, her pushing me back into landscapes and skyscapes, talking me into letting go of the still life's and a return to the nature I love. The paintings below are a few of the last pieces I worked on before her passing. Yesterday I started framing them and getting them ready, for this months Final Friday. For me, this is a first step in the direction of my new tomorrow's, a part of the healing process, at times painful, but still a moving forward.
Burnished Sky

A Sense Of Calm

Saying Goodnight

Yellow/Red Sky

Till Later

Suzzanna Frank

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Shawn Daniel Memorial Art Show

A special Thank You to all who attended the Memorial Art Show commemorating Shawn. I was so happy that we were able to hang and display so much of her art. There are still more pieces to photograph and post on her Memorial Blog.

For those of you who donated to The Shawn Daniel Memorial Fund at Northern  Kentucky University  information should be forth coming and let me say again, Thank you!

The list is ready for Chuck and he will be starting the photographing process shortly. It takes a long time to get paintings photographed and color-matched and ready for prints. we will be sending out information as soon as it comes available.

Again, Thanks To All for attending the memorial. I am sure that Shawn would of so enjoyed the evening.

Till Later

Suzzanna Frank

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