“You don’t have to make something that people call art. Living is an artistic activity, there is an art to getting through the day.” Viggo Mortensen

When I logged on to Instagram, his page was at the top of suggestions to follow. I have always really liked him, even in the movies I didn’t like, and the roles he played that I didn’t like. So, I followed him on Instagram. And that quote is one of his posts.

I say it a lot more simply (of course.) “Everybody is an artist. You just have to recognize your medium.” Sometimes it’s oil, sometimes watercolor. Sometimes clay, sometimes music. Sometimes it’s shoveling shit, sometimes it’s cleaning house or doing dishes. Sometimes it’s running heavy equipment (yes, I have witnessed this!) Sometimes, it’s supervising a classroom (I think they call it “teaching.”)

Me? I’m kind of a renaissance girl, which is fine – I call it jack of all trades, master of none, in the purist, not sarcastic sense – but if I had to blurt out what I do best, it would be balancing a bank statement. Reconciling cash. You don’t think it’s art? Tell that to the people who have, in total exasperation, plopped down a pile in front of me and screamed for assistance. And, a few minutes later, asked me, “How do you DO that?”

Is it glamorous? I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone is going to nominate me to audition on America’s Got Talent. (And if you do, I will graciously decline, thanks.)

I have a friend who can walk into chaos in a household, and within 15 minutes has restored order and prepared a meal, even if she’s never been in the house. I know, I witnessed that, too. It was magic. It IS art.

The heavy equipment operator? I watched him run a backhoe on a job site. I was mesmerized. It was like watching a ballet. I swear! The bucket was an extension of his arm. Who woulda thunk? And it was even more impactful when viewed in comparison to other operators – good operators! – just not artists.

When I first got my horse, I boarded him at the place where I bought him. I cleaned stalls on the weekend to help defray the cost of board. The gal who cleaned the barn during the week was incredible. If we cleaned stalls side by side, hers was done sooner, looked cleaner, and I was much more tired at the end of my shift than she ever was at the end of hers. Watching her move apparently effortlessly through her work, a smile on her face, carrying on light conversation as she worked – that was art.

Everybody is an artist. Find your medium.

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Stop, Look, and Listen – Then What?

by Jet on January 26, 2014

I am participating in a 28 Day Shift program called The 28 Day Shift To Wealth, by Beca Lewis. It is a wonderful program for me; because I love the daily bite of perception Shifting that keeps me on track for the rest of the day. Five or ten minutes of pushing the “reset switch” on my point of view, and I have a better chance of staying in the proper state of mind for the rest of the day.

More than five or ten minutes, every day, my attention starts to wander. Sundays are my day for hours and hours of Shifting, luxuriating in the Wonder of it all. Hence, the Sunday Morning Sermon. (I digress – my apologies. Back to the point.)

I am currently on Day Ten. Day Ten focuses on Angel Ideas. Day Ten focuses on how to tell the difference between Angel Ideas and thoughts. Here is what I noticed this morning during my reading.
We have a tool that Del and Beca taught us in The Shift – it is called POL. Pause, Observe, Listen. Rather like Stop, Look, and Listen that Dick and Jane taught us as children (well, some of us, anyway! I hear Dick and Jane have been replaced in kindergarten and 1st grade.)

So here’s the deal – what if we walk up the sidewalk to the street crossing and Stop, Look, and Listen? What if we stand there and Stop, Look, and Listen? What if we stay there? How does that work? Yes, we have paid attention. Yes, we have observed. Yes, we have listened for oncoming traffic. Well, once we pause, look both ways, and listen for oncoming traffic, aren’t we supposed to do something with that? As in, cross the street safely? Wasn’t that the purpose of that particular instance of Stop, Look, and Listen?

There is an additional word at the end of POL and Stop, Look, and Listen. ACT. Angel Ideas, and the A in WEALTH, stand for Action. In the assignment, Beca says, “…You are also writing how you feel about each Angel Idea or thought…” That’s the key, I think. The Action required is to observe how you feel about each Angel Idea or thought, which will identify which one it is, and which will Allow you to follow through with the appropriate Action. Or not. The key, for me, is how I feel about that idea or thought.

Which means, I had an idea; I wasn’t sure whether it was an Angel Idea or a thought; I Paused, Observed how I felt about that idea, I Listened for my knee jerk reaction, and realized that it is an Angel Idea, and I took Action by writing about it!

If you are interested in reading The 28 Day Shift to Wealth, go here.

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It’s All In The Delivery

January 5, 2014

Do you know what I love about her writing? The honesty. She has a knack for writing, like a young friend of mine has a natural riding seat. Both are innate talents. In the case of her writing, it’s not overstated or pressured, or overridden by custom or overthinking; it’s simply laid down in words […]

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I Am My Own Best Friend

August 15, 2013

Yesterday, I attended a webinar by Carol Tuttle, who developed the Dressing Your Truth program. It was live, and we could type in or live video questions directly to her. Yes, I asked a question, and yes, it gave me something to think about, but the part I took away from the webinar was something […]

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So What Is The Thing About Money?

August 13, 2013

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. -George H. Lorimer, editor (1868-1937) I was headed in a completely different thought direction when […]

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My Life Is My Message – Mahatma Gandhi

August 8, 2013

It appalls me to realize how long it’s been since I wrote a blog. How could I be so irresolute? How could I possibly be so irresponsible? How could I be so – lazy? I am ashamed. How many times today (and it’s only 8 am on the Eastern US coast,) have you heard your […]

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Remembering Truth In Everyday Living

August 22, 2012

It’s funny how eventually we start to realize what we’re doing – or not doing. And it’s funny how we begin to recognize that what we may have thought was “bad” really turns out to be “good,” and vice-versa. This morning I ache. My teacher is really pushing me to learn the correct way to […]

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The Courtesy Of A Reply Is Requested

August 14, 2012

Our Women’s Group, The Womens Council, has developed a habit of replying to all Calls to Action and Follow Up emails with a simple “Got it.” Sometimes we mention that the number of emails is becoming overwhelming. (Perhaps we have a lot to say that week!) But we continue to “Got it.” There are several […]

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Why? Answer Me This.

August 9, 2012

I just had an epiphany. I mean literally, just now. I need a reason. The most important question I ask myself is “Why?” In order for me to expend energy, there has to be a reason. A valid reason. Explanation due here. My brother said that he and my sister were afraid of Dad when […]

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Why We Miss The Mark Sometimes

August 7, 2012

“Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.” Stephen King I am a results oriented person. My preference is to see the outcome of something in order to understand its significance, or my contribution to its significance. I need a reason. I need to see what is commonly called tangible results in […]

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