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Spirit, as in determination, hard work and at times sheer grit keep the view through the window authentic…

Another one of my paintings to illustrate today’s thoughts.

Em made a decision recently which caused a big change for both of us and before I go any further let me just say that I fully support her in her decision. Em has coped admirably with the change and made future plans and put them into action already, however, it has stirred up old fears for her and this emotional undertow is making life tricky. I am coming at this from a different stance (well I would being a good thirty odd years older) but I believe that the circumstances are facts and it is how we handle the emotions surrounding them and our thoughts and actions that shape what happens from this point.

We still have our future vision in the view from our window, we just need to change tack to keep it’s colours true to the original dreams.

There is a memory here from when Em’s Dad was taken seriously ill and in that initial week there were all sorts of things to get hold of and sort through. One of them was gently exiting from my post as housekeeper at the house where the beautiful statues resided. About two days before our lives had started on this roller coaster I had stripped all the cloths, covers and bedding from the house to launder at home and return all freshly pressed before the house was occupied for the weekend. I managed to get everything finished and as it happens Em was at home with me on the Friday so we set off together to put the house back to rights and say goodbye. We arrived to find that a pair of ravens had come down the chimney in the main bedroom and in their panic had left their calling cards on every conceivable surface in the bedroom, dressing room and en suite bathroom (all carpeted with deeply grooved sisal). I turned around to my small daughter when the ravens had been released through the bedroom window and said ‘Darling, we are the girls and this is where Mum teaches you the art of heavy duty cleaning at speed’….. we did it and put all the covers back, made the beds up and left the house spick and span. I know Em remembers this.

So my Darling girl, s#*t happens (sometimes literally) but the Mothership has our view firmly in sight and with the support we give each other we will get there. The spirit I have in me, you have in you, and we are surrounded by love and inspiration and above all else remember we are ‘the girls’. x

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Fortune favours the brave…….

Dictionary definition: brave

1. Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.
2. Making a fine display; impressive or showy: “a coat of brave red lipstick on a mouth so wrinkled that it didn’t even have a clear outline” (Anne Tyler).
3. Excellent; great

I think fortune (as such) favours those who get up no matter how many times they get knocked down and carry on. Resilience, fortitude and sometimes sheer bloody mindedness keeps them going and that is my definition of bravery. Fortune is a transitory thing, materially based and I value inner happiness far more than anything transitory, material or financially based.

There was an ad. on TV aroundabout 2001 for margarine or somesuch everyday item ; ‘Do something that scares you every day’ it exhorted, with folk leaping off a boardwalk into a lake…at the time I had a very ill (unable to function) husband and that chapter lasted a good few years, his new business to run that I knew very little about and was trying to pick up the reins to run with and a lassie about to start private school. I remember looking at the TV and thinking ‘Do something that scares me every day?….uuurrrmmmm that would be getting out of bed each morning’.

At the start of this year I jumped off the corporate treadmill and flew solo to do the spiritual work, writing, painting and creating that comes so naturally to me. Foolhardy, financial madness or just plain mad, indulgent and quite a few other sharp, but no doubt well intentioned, judgments have been sent my way. I have kept going, trying new things and dusting myself off each time I have been knocked back. Yesterday I stood in a sun drenched studio (yes, it is late October) and stepped back and viewed my ‘up and coming’ latest creative idea and I just know that magic is weaving it’s way through this one.

I don’t see myself as brave, nor partciluarily favoured by fortune, but I am without doubt being authentic with myself. I keep standing up again and again and I do ‘believe’ (IMOM x).


Jane Sturgeon

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