Thursday, March 12, 2020

Take the joy road

Pugwash Flower People
(To me these two exemplify joy)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
Today the entire world (or this part of the world in Toronto)
was tense.  There is a lot to be worried about.  And the late
night TV comedy that usually calms me down was delivered
in some cases without an audience -- a very hard gig.

I'm showing this portrait tonight, because I just read an
older blog of mine about Elizabeth Gilbert's book on
creativity -- Big Magic.  Gilbert recommended an attitude
of "stubborn gladness" for creative people.

This new bug is cutting out basketball, hockey, travel,
broadway, so many pleasures.  So if we are hale and hearty
and being careful -- we have to go on the joy road, and
choose gladness.  To that end Steven and I went out to our
favourite park by the very chilly lake to feed the geese,
ducks and swans.  We were met by a very chatty pair
of Canadian Geese clearly missing the visitors to the
park, who were overjoyed to be given some treats.

The time in the park, with the wind blowing huge breakers
up against the rocks, the clean blue of the lake, and the
endless chatter of all of the geese, ducks, Swans and      
seagulls revived us, and renewed our faith in the possibility
of life returning to normal.  Please stay safe, and wash your

Have a choosing to be happy day. 

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