Come gather 'round for my heart must make a sound... In the last few months I have lived in the Land of Should. It is a prickly place, impatient and framed by the Directionless Would. It is a place that creeps in when I feel "I should-a" "I would-a" "I could-a" and paints the colors of wishes that have yet to come true with a dark hue. When you walk along the cobbled streets in the Land of Should, you feel you have never done enough, you could do more, your direction should be known. It is not for the faint-hearted. There is a way out though, I have found. Craft something with love. Not out of should. Not out of worry. Not out of obligation. Just craft love. I sit down to my art table and paint an envelope for a friend, glue together a card, send silk and hydrangeas as a thank-you. Upon doing these things, my compass finds true North. The path clears, the Land of Should is replaced in my thoughts by the Enchanted Realm of Kindness Done. I come home. I always was home, with roses in my eyes, glitter in my velvet pocket to spread to those who need it, and pink in my hair.
My envelopes take time, my friends know that what I send is from my spirit... lovingly crafted, sometimes slow to birth, but full of compassion's worth.
When I break through the briars, into the streaming light, I see clearly that what I do is from the heart, filled with truth and kindness. I cannot ask more from myself than that.
I see me in the beauty of a day... even when in shadow...
Come gather 'round as my heart gives a sound... feel the love that is free from the Land of Should and the Directionless Would. Love who you are... for because you are, there is love.
This Papaya Company art hangs at my front door to remind all who enter, myself included, (see my shadow and know) that we are love and are meant to sparkle to share some light.