Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 -- The big lessons -- Love and kindness

No Contest -- Nature Wins!
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
Last year I had a list of 10 things I learned in 2016.  This year one
of the major lessons that leaps out at me is that Kindness is a quality
I value.  It has been a full year.  So much joy, so many
hard times, so much happiness and so much sorrow.

This is what powers me -- kindness, love and humour -- and
 a wonderful, growing, dynamically creative art community.
You've reached out to me, taught me, encouraged me, exhibited
my work, bought my work, helped me in so many ways, and made
this artistic journey such a wonderful experience.

Through the mass of emotions in 2017, what has emerged for me
is the vital importance of love and kindness.  Thank you to everyone who
stepped up to the plate for me, and my family this year.

We have had two close family members going through hard
medical treatments.  We've lost two family members to death,
and are grieving them, and are determined to live a positive, happy
life remembering them every day.  We've suffered injuries
and kept on trucking.

Miraculously through the hard times, art and my friends here, on the
blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have helped show me how
to keep heading back to the happiness I rely on.  Thank you.

Here's to a joyous, amazing, prosperous, healthy and adventurous 2018.
Thank you all for making my life amazing. 


verna vogel said...

Hi Barbara,

Your spirit is very inspiring. I am so sorry for the hardships you & your family have endured in 2017, and I am so glad that you meet life's challenges with love and kindness. I hope 2018 is a good year for everyone.


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Verna, the feeling is mutual. I guess what I meant to say is that the world has
given me love and kindness, and spoiled me. Now I know that's what I want, and also what
I want to give out. You are an exemplary example of kindness. Plus your dedication to
art, experimentation and expression is a beacon to me.


Verna Vogel said...

Hi again,

" ... an exemplary example of kindness... " why thank you! And, that description applies to you too. I am happy that the world has given you love and kindness, and that you respond likewise to life. You are such a lovely and wonderful person, and I'm glad we are friends!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

I could not be happier that we are friends. Next time you fly this way we will
spend some more time together.

Love your work!


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