Saturday, December 10, 2022

The 10th thing I learned all over again in 2022 -- Be happy

This was my most popular image on Instagram in
2019.  Me with my painting Cloud Magic at
the opening of the Encounter exhibition at the
Heliconian Club.  Meeting the wonderful
artists who are members in the Helconian Club,
was one of the highlights of this year.

We've been living with a pandemic for almost three years.
Tonight we visited friends, rapid testing before we met,
and talked about Christmas 2020.  We ate outside in snowsuits
in -6 degree Celsius weather with part of family, masked until 
eating, and met the rest of our family on the porch masked for
presents. This was before vaccines, and we've had every one.
And before rapid testing -- which makes a big difference.  So
how wonderful it was to sit inside on a freezing night, and
talk and laugh with friends.  We were all very happy.

To quote myself from 2019

"Be Happy!  Doesn't that sound simple? It is, but we
lose our way over such ridiculous things -- like
traffic.  Hardship and sorrow come into every life --
and of course have been part of mine.  As well as
the richness of discovery, love and an exciting life,
there are the hard times, the silly arguments, the occasional
sleepless nights, and worry about other people's health and
happiness. This year I've tried to listen to a voice in my head 
that tells me to rethink my attitude (it sounds like my mother),
to notice what is great instead of what is wrong. I'm keenly
aware that our time on the planet is limited, and that
I am incredibly lucky. So in my best moments, and
fortunately they are many, I choose to enjoy life moment
by moment and in the case of enjoying you -- your support,
your beautiful art, and great thoughts -- that is a given.
I am so blessed that my family and friends are wonderful!"

Have a loving your life day.

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A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!