Artist's Way Blog
|Posted by Kate Gavigan on October 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM|
"Just a little bit more" ...
I'm reminded of the great response by Will Rogers when he was asked "How much money is enough?" He replied (say it with me people) ...
"Just a little bit more ... "
As I've been pondering abundance lately it doesn't surprise me that this is the line that has been haunting me.
It's easy to feel a lack.
A lack of time. Of money. You name it.
Especially these days.
Especially when you're laptop goes belly-up (don't get me started).
Especially in this consuming culture we live in. I can buy into the marketers' message (those wiley marketers!) that I won't be happy until I get the new ipad/ipod/itouch/ishuffle.
On top of all of the messages we get around us that we need to get more and more, to hear the word "abundance" during a time of extreme financial woes can be like pouring salt on the proverbial "wound".
And then synchronicity struck.
I saw the purse.
More a satchel really.
Reddish brown, sitting alone in my creative space like a high school girl standing nervously alone at her first dance wanting to be picked to twirl around the dance floor.
The only twirling this satchel has done in the last year was being moved from "here" to "there" when I vaccumed around her. (She is SUCH a "her").
Then I read Julia's chapter about noticing what feels abundant.
A box of raspberries.
A new favorite pen.
Or for me - looking around the items I already own and truly appreciating and using them.
I also REALLY heard a comment an Artist's Way student made in class. She noted while on vacation she imagines some of the clothes that didn't get worn are disappointed. Imaging that it actually matters that we appreciate what we have is one SURE way to be more mindful of the things we actually are so very lucky to have.
I was also reminded of a comment my pastor made about an orphanage his daughter runs with her husband and son, Yohani in Mozambique. He said "you have never seen such happy children."
It stopped me in my tracks. Still does. And I'm glad it does.
It makes me grateful. For the comforts I have around me - both material but even more so in the friends, colleagues and family I am honored to know and have in my life.
Here's who is getting my attention and love this week:
My dear friends who make me laugh so that I snort. Yup, the truth is revealed.
The digital piano that seen more dust on its keys than my fingertips
The kind comment from a total stranger.
The pretty green scarf hidden behind my other scarves ("come out and shine you little wallflower you").
The group of musicians who ask me to play guitar with them on Sundays who I haven't strummed with in months.
My funky clunky (and favorite) brown/black boots who have a new life when paired with knee highs (who KNEW??)
Actually sit and look at the gorgeous artwork Annya Uslontseva made and I now own. (see below)
I'm going to take my purdy satchel, throw my knee highs on and go pluck some strings of my guitar with my strumming friends.
I am going to be mindful of the abundance right in front of me. Without having to spend an extra penny. What's that? It's this little brown, round thing that most people step over on the street ...
Maybe I'll even stare at a penny today.
And I'm going to rework the joke:
"How much money is enough?"
Exactly what I have. Exactly what I have. Exactly what I have.
I think Will would approve.
Dorcas and Yohani, Mozambique residents