Monday, February 3, 2020

I couldn't have said it better -- happy thoughts from me

Reading with heart or
Reading in the kitchen
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 
Today was a completely exhausting and joyous day.  I finally
got my big 3 x 4 foot drawing in acrylic pen on gessoed canvas
(see last night's blog)done, and I was happy with it.  And we
delivered it.  Not only on time (mirabile dictu), but early (thank
you to Claire for opening the Heliconian Club big blue front door).
Driving away I felt a feeling of absolute liberation.  Not only is that big
drawing done, but I am free.  (Meaning I can't keep working on
it, my obsession for the past month).

Plus my work is in two openings this week -- one in New York City, see the 
post from two days ago, and the one here at the Heliconian Club. 
 If I could be in two places at once I would, but I'll be at the 
Toronto opening Saturday afternoon from 1 - 4 p.m., and thinking
about the opening in New York also on Saturday afternoon! 

Now we run straight into the Month of Love (February), one of
my favourite months in the year.  I am blessed beyond measure
to love my life, my family, and my friends.  It's time to dress
the house up with hearts, and get out the Valentine's Day
cards, and maybe even go on a short trip with my sweetie.

I believe in happiness, and felt pure joy working with my
class tonight.  And the class was great -- a very smart group.

So here's what I said last year at this time --
 I loved reading this tonight:
"There is a constant push against happiness in society, as though
trying to be happy is a mistake, or something dreamed up by 
advertisers.  Nope.  Take a look.  No push for obsolete climate
 harming fuel, no huge SUVS, not even toothpaste, or laundry 
detergent.  Happiness is absolutely free.  You choose to have it, 
and it chooses you.  Even people in desperate situations, in war, 
in prisoner of war camps have made that decision, and
been happy. If those brave people can do it, so can we.

And as for love -- the theme this month.  Love
definitely makes the world go 'round.  It is
the most fulfilling feeling.  And you don't need
a special other person to share love.  You just
need to be a loving being, and voila -- there it is.
Love knocking on your door, asking to what?  Oh
no! -- make you happy. 

So come on make some Valentine's hearts, make
some plans to treat the ones you love, call a friend,
call your family.  And a miraculous thing will happen.
Even if you are the worst skeptic, a doom and gloomer,
you will feel happy.  Walk with a happier step, smile
at the people in the grocery store line.  Improve the
planet's chances.  I thank you in advance."

Have a loving your world day.


Cupid said...

Dear Barbara,
I must say, I like you and your musings on love and happiness.
Just let me ...
- draw back my bow, and let, my arrow flow, straight to your loving heart.
Stay in touch,

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you my Cupid (Steven - my Valentine),

Love you,

and no doubt love Valentine's Day, and February because of you!


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