Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I have three daughters and four plus decades of struggle to have true acceptance of myself and all that makes me who I am. I mention my daughters in the same sentence because this is a struggle I'd like to minimize for them. I could say eliminate, but.....well, that's not going to happen and I am a strong believer in the value of the struggle. And, as I ponder, maybe even minimize isn't right either. Perhaps, my job is to interpret. To guide....to lead......
The struggle has brought/is bringing me wisdom. I find more beautiful in myself when I reflect on more than what you see. My spirit is my strength. It's my inner self that does not fade--in fact, as I age, I think it begins to burn brighter. I'm no longer confined by the superficial. No longer held to an impossible standard. Sometimes, it's a two steps forward, one step back kind of dance, but slowly.....I'm moving forward.
This image set, God's Sight, from Unity Stamps just speaks to me...speaks to my struggle--I still work on gentle and quiet with myself, with others. (Two steps forward, one step back) The verse reads: "Your Beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle & quiet spirit which is of great worth all in God's sight."
I began by stamping off the girl image first before placing it on the water color paper. This created a lighter version of the girl and allows the verse to pop in full strength ink. I water colored the girl, also, making sure to keep the colors muted and soft. I used my handy little Janome machine to stitch a simple frame around the image.
It is all of great worth in God's sight....embrace the struggle--