Empty Vessel (acrylic/canvas)
“To refill the empty vessel of my soul with wonder at the miracle of each morning.” ~Gerald M. Levin, ceo/aol time/warner
Well, here it is Monday again. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. My weekend consisted of work at Drayton Island on Saturday and rest back here on Sunday. A nice balance, I think. :)
Our work on Saturday was moving a small building (12′ x 24′), because island life means doing a lot of things yourself. So my job was pretty much the one woman ground crew, though I did drive the gehl tractor once. I do like to drive the tractors! One is a john deere tractor, and I am pretty familiar with it. The other one is a gehl and I am still in the learning phase, because it is a lot more complicated . So sometimes I go backward instead of forward or up instead of down…I think you get the picture. :( Needless to say, I do not drive the ghel often, and when I do it’s usually in wide open areas. hee, hee.
I did have a little mishap last weekend. I jumped on the golf cart (not used for golf by the way) to quickly retrieve my camera so I could take some shots of a flock of beautiful birds. Well, somehow I drove into the sparkling new air conditioning unit and knocked it sideways!! Unfortunately, the unit is attached to the old house we’re renovating. Yikes! Thank goodness, my husband was able to pull it back around and no permanent damage was done. We did agree that I would no longer take that little short cut..I mean it is a little difficult to explain how you crash into a huge unit when you have acres to drive on. Hmmm..is it possible that I was looking back at the birds and not where I was driving. :O Maybe it’s best if we just move on from my escapades!
How ’bout we “talk” about the quote and the painting. Apparently, Gerald M. Levin said this concerning his wishes after his retirement. Do we have to wait for retirement or some other event to wish the same…of course not! We can choose to do this every day. Does it have to be major miracles to refill our souls…no. Quite the contrary, the key is the miracles around us all the time..day and night. Sometimes we overlook the little miracles that are unfolding every second. I know it can be a challenge especially when you feel worried, stressed, or burdened. I promise if you embrace this you will “see and feel” the affects.
It can be something as simple as a single flower or looking up at the moon and stars. You may even see a shooting star…remember the Shooting Stars post. I know some of you may be thinking I am in la la land..and I may well be. I can only speak from my own journey here. I have been in the depths of despair, and it wasn’t material things that soothed my soul…it was the little miracles unfolding all around me. I won’t go into a long story about those times, but trust me at times I thought my heart was irreversibly shattered. Until finally, I awoke to find…morning itself the miracle!!
As for the painting it’s a still life that came before I found the quote, but I see the quote in it. I often paint and the message remains hidden to me too..until the painting reveals it’s meaning. The meaning can be different for each viewer. That is why I usually do not like to say what a painting means to me.
I will share this about this piece…pomegranates have symbolically been linked to the emergence of spring (beginnings/rebirth). some familiar subjects of mine…a sliver of a musical instrument, the tin box (aka magic box) again, and an earthen bowl. I’ll leave their meanings up to you..if none at all that’s okay too. After all ’tis only paint.
Well, dear hearts enough of my ramblings today. I confess I debate on writing these little messages. I hope you do not find me condescending for writing such things. Sometimes I think I am the one that needs to hear the messages…so please forgive my thinking out loud.
May we keep refilling our souls!
Right now my heart is filled with love and…
it is spilling over,