Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Peaches for lunch
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

Pleasure sounds like an empty word right now. All of us all over the world need
to do hard work to try and get change to happen. That’s true. Today I decided to
take a break. I didn’t even know that that’s what I'd decided. But aside
from some meetings, and getting ready for work to be done on the house,
I spent the day talking to friends, and catching up on what’s happening in their lives.

I'm on holiday until next week, and have worked very hard all spring and summer,
so I had the right to hang out for a few hours, but it did feel odd. I should be used
to that feeling. I was sitting on my front porch talking to a dear friend. She was
sitting on a chair that I placed 10 feet away from the porch on our lawn. As people
passed in the street -- adults or young children -- most people were wearing masks
something that would’ve been unbelievable, even frightening a year ago.

And best of all thanks to the farmers the delights of the season continue.
We dropped into a small grocery store on Saint Clair, and bought
a basket of delicious peaches. I found this painting in my files, and it
is the perfect image to illustrate pleasure. 

A friend who is working harder than most people I know, drove down to
the lake for a few minutes to call me just so she could see the water, and
feel happy.

We need that feeling -- we need to feel happy ourselves, and to help other people 
spread that feeling. Joy is one of the most significant forces in life.  We all need
the power of brief positive moments of pleasure to renew our spirits so we can carry on
with the hard work.

I recommend having a peach.

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