Monday, January 19, 2009

Sparrow Lifts My Spirits


"Sparrow Lifts My Spirits"
Digital Watercolor

I've been going through a gamut of emotions lately. The inauguration is tomorrow and there is hope and change in the air. I can feel the energy tingle like electricity. I have been feeling so good watching the festivities develop. Yet, a sense of inner turmoil descended on me today, bringing worry and fear. These emotions held me prisoner for awhile, twisting my stomach into knots. I could have sat with this mood, stewing and fretting, not taking action. But then this little sparrow bird caught my eye. It was an image I had started to work on and then set aside, forgetting about its presence as the world of busyness took over. Well, it seemed to call to me, to let me give it another chance, so I decided to bring it into my life. I had little energy left to do much else, so why not, I thought. I played with it on the computer, adding some fantasy stars and leaves, and felt my heart opening. My mood lightened considerably and playful spirits seemed to fill the computer screen. You can't see them, but they are there, frolicking in the sky and dancing on the branch. Yes, I do believe in the power of creativity. If my negative thinking and brooding cannot be changed by the use of positive affirmations, I turn to my creative self. I do have that choice, for sure. Habits take time to change, I know that, but somehow, creativity is like an instant fixer-upper to me. I notice the subtle shift almost immediately, and sink into its bliss. I so much liked how I felt, much less despondent, and wonder why I wait so long to turn to my creativity for relief. Well, nevertheless, I am so thankful I saw that bird on the branch chirping to me. Yes, we can, yes, you can, it seemed to be singing joyfully to me. Hm, maybe it will be in a bird chorus in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, perched in some tree. Well, wherever the feathered babe lands, the little creature gave me renewed hope for myself, for our country and for our world. We are all in this together, and we all matter.

5 comments:

Lin said...

I just LOVE your little birds. Maybe this summer you can come sit by the pond with me and see some new ones to paint. That is if the frogs don't get there first! :)

Mystic Sight said...

interesting blog....

april said...

Just love that beautiful little bird. Love the white.

Urban Panther said...

You paint these digitally?! Wow! I am so archaic. I still need a paintbrush in my hand. BUT that sounds like a really good excuse to move to a Mac! Hmmmm.....

Doris said...

So sorry to hear you were feeling flightless. Hope you're soaring soon!