Before the start of 2019, I bought a simple daily diary, small and portable.
Everyday of 2019, I wrote little snippets to connect me with my Day… The time I woke up, what was the temperature, who was visiting, what I was reading,some quote I read… I also made a small column for a gratitude list and one small area for an affirmation… As I leaf through the days gone by, I fondly stop at a paragraph that mentions my brothers visit, we played Frisbee. Another page tells me about my travel to Doon, the drive to the mountains, the deep gratitude I felt meeting old friends of my mom’s and the food they cooked as a special treat for me😊… I remember feelings and aromas, it’s the most beautiful sensation to realise how every day was different, yet so special.
This year while browsing at a bookshop, I came across this stunning Paulo Coelho planner… It’s got quotes, breathtakingly beautiful illustrations and enough space for me to squeeze in the most memorable parts of my day… I look forward to another year of jotting small observations and heart-touching moments… I know I won’t be saying, “The year just flew by!” because I would know exactly where it went🤗!
ishing all you wonderful people a beautiful and blessed 2020!🎉🎊❣️
or some reason its the flowers… Always the flowers, in all states of blooming and dying that grabs my attention… I can sketch and paint them for hours… It’s like there is no better memory of a trip than the blossoms I befriended during a leisurely walk or over a solitary cup of coffee…. ❣️
#Watercolor #asketchaday #SimplePleasuresofLife #joyofart #myart #journaljourney
Spending time collecting that which is on the ground, fallen, discarded, worthless but beautiful, nevertheless.
They give hope…. A flower bloomed, a seed was formed and life moved on…. 😊
#happyearthday! #nature #beauty #stillness #magic #morningwalkmagic #morningwalkwonders #wordsandvisuals #penandpaper
I see them floating around, pieces of paper, like confetti, carrying differently coloured words….disappointed…happy…maybe… been planning…so sad…glad…will do…nature…love…children…
All these are snippets of pages from ancient diaries, diaries maintained over years, never re-visited, re-read yet carrying the ominous burden of the past. Stories about real and imagined hurts, extreme happiness, earth shattering sadness, tales about life-altering decisions and completely misjudged predictions of the future. At the end of it, this is all they are…a collection of words used to express the ephemeral nature of the emotions one is going through in the process of living. At that time they act as valves, helping one let off steam or gain perspective, but then their work is done. Holding on to them is like trying to grasp at shadows.
Therefore, I systematically tear them to bits and throw them up and they fall around me like refreshing rain. It is a hugely cathartic experience, like a ritual cleansing, like taking a long soak and watching the dirt move away, leaving a fresh and clear feeling in its wake.
It has been said, “Never make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.”
These written words serve the purpose of showing just how temporary these emotions really are, how quickly they change colour and just how important it is to recognise them for this quality. There is nothing permanent about them, the feebleness of the word, “Never” or the fragility of the word, “Always”. In a non-permanent world, they fool us into believing that it will be different for us, that we will buck the trend.
What they serve to show is that, permanence is the biggest fallacy and change is the undisputed constant.
As I sit in a sea of floating words, I let go of all that I thought was permanent and train myself to enjoy the only thing that is…this simple, beautiful, present moment.
And true to my nature..I reach for a pen to record this new, life-altering insight. 🙂