What Do You Live For?
|Port Angeles, the snow-covered Olympics from Ediz Hook|
Just read MARBLES, by Ellen Forney, and I also have the benefit of the other side of the pendulum swing to mania..milder than hers, but so lovely when it starts swinging back. I've spent my life learning to manage the highs and lows, typical of so many creative people. It does seem to get a bit easier to stay in charge as I get older, although there are certainly more things to be depressed about.
|Kathy Charlton of Olympic Cellars|
So much Less when I am not there!
Luckily I had a dentist appointment at
8am that got me out into the world
while it was SUNNY AND BRIGHT!
It's back to gray and dreary now...I'm
counting the days to Solstice (16). We
don't get much sun here in winter,
between the northern latitude and
overcast days...not Constant rain, but
sometimes it feels like it.
Today, 12/5/12, was SUN, blue sky,
50's (above zero) until 2pm, and the hygienist and I were both happy to be
here, and not in our previous homes (VT and MT). I went out to Ediz Hook--shown above last May. The snow cover is back on
the Cascades, but not down here at
I took myself out to lunch at Fresh Wok
|Gloria Skovronsky, Sequim artist in fabric|
miles, hoping that I will still be seeing
well enough to drive by the time I have it
paid off in 3.5 years. What will I be doing
to get my money by then? Will the 100
Hot Flash Women paintings be
completed..and shown somewhere
other than my living room?
Is seeing things, making things,
experiencing things, thinking about
things Enough of a Reason to Live?
Being Kind, as the Buddhists teach?
Some live for research, saving lives,
enjoying the grandchildren. Many of
my patients are saddened by losing
the abilities they used to have, by
increases in pain...but none would give up the wide and varied opportunity this life affords for enjoying sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, ideas. I love watching/feeling new images/objects take shape in my hands.
|2012 Tiny Solstice Angels|
to make for friends and family. This year
I'm using some of the wonderful fabrics
I brought back from our trip to Ashland,
OR. They (and lifting weights) give me
something to do as I catch up on
watching movies and old TV on Netflix.
Endless variations on one basic form:
a very pleasant reason to wake up
in the morning, in addition to catching
the infrequent sun, working in my yard,
seeing my patients get better and happier.
Soon the nadir will pass, another winter
survived AND ENJOYED!
What are Your Reasons for Living?