i'm down to the wire today, both literally and figuratively - and don't have much time at all to be posting, pontificating, ruminating, pondering. at least not on line, anyway. but it is friday, and the sky is blue, the sun is out, and there are promises whispering everywhere that spring will one day soon be on the way. not yet, my friends, not just yet, but soon. and that is enough to make me smile and take another step along my way. i call this photograph today - wrinkled, crazy, silly - Out of the Blue. it's been that kind of week: a much needed phone call from an old, long distance friend who knew just when to reach for me, out of the blue; cast silver acorn caps being delivered, again, to my front door, the sky clearing after days and days and days of grey, with great fluffy clouds dotting the blue.
i'm going to let the very open, loving words of one of my student/reader/friends, sent this week, be part of my post for today. she gave me her blessing, not to worry:
"I truly like the self portrait challenge, for the first time, I started taking pics of myself, sometime last year, in different sets of my emotions. I have also started my sister doing the same thing! I truly think that women should practice this idea more often, it is very REAL, and enlightening, for me it has been a real opener to self awareness and self love, in the healthiest way.. So many women love you, and I hope that you are their inspiration to take the challenges! To view themselves, outside of all other expectations, in their "rawest" forms. One of my most revealing pics is one in which I was crying over a broken heart.. I took several, my face contorted by my pain... I look back at those, and it makes me feel very alive, organic, very vulnerable, reflective, ThankFul that I could even have tears of such nature... (because we can't just fall in love with just anyone) healing etc... But, the very last pic of those moments, was when I calmed down, red nosed, tear streaked cheeks, messy hair... but the look of acceptance, and healing, of peace for I know that I will be okay..."
i hope all of you will take these lovely, open words to heart, and begin to look at yourselves in an entirely different, more open, more loving way. document your feelings, your aging, your wisdom that comes with the experiences and years. document it all, without fear. love yourself. as hard as you possibly can.okay. i may not be able to get back here before i leave next week; i'll try very hard to be back on friday, the day from teaching hell (the teaching is easy, the working from 9am until 10pm with a vendor show is tough). for now, here are a couple more tiny glimpses of the things that have been unfolding here on firefly road, along with the deep blue sky. i'm teaching those little nests what it is like to be up in the air, surrounded by all those clouds; i'm teaching them the dream of flying, of looking up to kiss the sky. xo and a ps: thank you, true blue tim, for being there for me! xxx