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Need a Cheerleader?

“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop a positive vision.”                         Dalai Lama


Messages                                          Collage

It has been said that we cannot have a positive life with a negative mind.  This is true.  Even though life is composed of ups and downs, we can build a positive attitude through each experience.  I have always told my students, that mistakes are good.  You learn from them.  Each becomes a learning experience. Life is a process of growing: it is not just about going through it.

Having a positive mindset creates a positive attitude.  If we have a positive attitude and constantly strive to do our best, eventually we will overcome our immediate problems and find we are ready for greater challenges.

Some people are just born positive, others must adapt that attitude and work toward it.  I expect you have heard the expression, “he gave me a leg up.” We know by dictionary definition this expression means “the act of giving someone assistance or giving them a boost.”  The “leg up” people in our lives help us develop those positive attitudes.  When we are down, sometimes we just need for someone to tell us that; “you can, you have power, or great job”, and we are off and running.

Echos From the Canyon      Collage

After I came out of my period of inertia and finished “Inner Journey” I started a new series.  I blocked in the first painting with the colors and the format I wanted to use and propped it on the easel.  My 19-month-old grandson came in my studio the next day, looked up, and went “Wow!” I knew then I was back!😊 This series, which I am calling “Messages”, was going to be successful.   It doesn’t take much!  The “Wow!” by the way was for the power of the palette.  You can’t beat strong values and  bright red for a “Wow” response.

We need to surround ourselves with people who are positive and passionate about what they do, regardless of what it is, and who are willing to share their enthusiasm.  Getting positive attention from people has a great deal to do with our productivity. We all need a cheerleader.  I have had several in my life that greatly influenced my attitude toward things.  My newest one is my little “buddy” who is starting to enjoy experimenting with the creative process.

We are going through challenging times.  We need to get back to “normal” but we also know, that is going to be a “new normal”, which the world has not yet figure out. In the meantime, use the power of our digital world to connect with someone and get that “leg up”, if you need a cheerleader in your corner.

A reader sent me a quote this week which I thought was so right for these times which I am sharing below. Thank you, Bonnie.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

Stay safe and continue to create. Carolyn

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