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If you are of a certain age, you may remember the black and white TV show called Father Knows Best, with Robert Young playing the wise father. I know I am dating myself but I used to love watching reruns of that show when I was a kid.
Sometimes it’s easy to wish that someone else has all the answers and knows what is best for you and will just point you in the right direction.
The truth is you are the expert on yourself and no one else really knows what is best for you.
It helps if you are open to trusting your intuition and allowing your mind to open to possibilities.
You may not have all the answers. You might be afraid to fail.
We all try. Sometimes we wobble a bit, fall, and then hopefully, try to get back up again.
There is no shame in that.
Sometimes we need help and guidance, someone to shine the light so we can see the path in front of us.
The more you pay attention to what you want, what makes you happy, and go in that direction, the more likely you’ll find you really do know what is best for you.
I had the most delightful day yesterday. There wasn’t a big event. There wasn’t even a special occasion.
It was an ordinary day that brought me so much pleasure.
I got up early to work on my drawing and went to my Colored Pencil class at the Botanic Gardens.
We are working on this fun drawing with 4 different vegetables in small squares. I’ll post pictures of it when it’s finished. It is taking me hours to layer each color to get the depth and richness but I get lost in the process and time goes by so quickly.
After my class, I strolled through the gardens looking for a shady spot to eat my lunch.
Everywhere I looked, I encountered something that beckoned me to photograph it.
Since I’ve been working on drawing lately, I am noticing even more details than usual; the variance of color, wonderful textures and shapes.
I kept finding inspiring things to photograph, even as I left the gardens.
On my way to run errands, I decided to stop at one of my favorite flower and gift shops, Happy Canyon Flowers, just to see their beautiful displays. I wasn’t disappointed.
I needed a few groceries and went to Whole Foods. I wanted to pick up a couple more “specimens” to draw for my project and got a whole new appreciation for picking out fruits and vegetables!
Instead of enjoying just the idea of eating the produce, I was looking at it in terms of drawing them. I carefully selected things based on their beautiful color and form, quirky little stems, etc.
As I continued with a couple more errands, I found myself appreciating everything and smiling.
My last stop was the library to return a book and pick up my next read for book group. I decided to check out their drawing section.
They didn’t have a great selection of drawing books but instead I found a stack of really cool books on metal projects. I couldn’t help myself and checked out a big stack of books to take home and peruse.
So, while this may have been an ordinary day, I found myself filled with inspiration at every turn. I felt a great sense of satisfaction and gratitude.
That is what brought me such delight.
What little things or experiences can you bring to your day that would bring you that sense of joy?