I have amazing friends. One, a Veteran-Teacher-Registered Nurse-Artist, posted a request for her friends to post their sixth most recent photo. So I did.
My 'droid photo view is currently set in gallery mode, so I looked at the sixth photo to the right. It was a photo of an old typewriter I recently purchased. I have not found a suitable table or desk on which to display it, and I have not even cleaned it up (the dust is thick). It's currently sitting on a dinning room chair. The chair was from the historic Stagecoach Inn of Salado. Behind the typewriter, the first (and only) pastel I've done leans against the back of the chair. My pastel is supposed to resemble Georgia O'Keefe's Magnolia.
Then I decided to look at the sixth photo swiping down on the left corner. There I found a photo of a Dollar Tree puzzle that you color once assembled. It's put together, but only partially colored. From time to time I add a little color.
Upon seeing these photos, my first thought was: I live an artistically inspired life.
My second thought, close on its heels, was: My life is like my projects, it's a journey in progress.
But then, self-doubt and negativity reared their ugly heads, and they said: you don't finish anything.
I had a decision. A choice must be made. I could listen to them, the doubting nay-sayers, or I could choose to go with my positive first two thoughts.
And then I was reminded that daily we have the opportunity to choose to be positive. Some days it's harder than others. Some days the silver lining is thin and elusive. Some days you have to hunt for anything good. I chose to go with my gut instincts which were positive.
Just for grins I looked at the very last photo I took. Peppered in the gallery are photos of Bandit and Moggy, selfies, and friends and family. But the very last photo I took, was of another project--it's a silver-plated chaffing stand that is sorely tarnished.
Frankly, I love the tarnish, but I wanted to try a bit of chemistry I recalled about any easy way to remove tarnish: lining some sort of receptacle with tinfoil, adding baking soda and boiling water, then submerging the tarnished object. So I prepared to submerge the stand. And, since I had the tea kettle on, I made a cup of tea.
The results were truely amazing. Not all of the tarnish has disappeared--but the majority has. With just a simple soak. While I sipped my tea.
Again, this project is incomplete. But it's a process, a journey that mirrors my life. I'll choose two positives over the negative any day. Every day.
My life may appear incomplete, but in reality, it is a journey. Some days there will be setbacks like not finding the right table. Other days there will be advances like the removal of tarnish. But everyday there is a choice to be made.
I choose to live an artistically, inspired, positive life.
I encourage you to be positive and live your life inspired as well.