Whoa! Insta Fam - I just realized I probably posted a total of 5 times this month, that might be a record for me - but seriously I'm alive. I just have a love/hate relationship with social media, especially when I’m experiencing what I can only describe as a reality shift within myself. To be honest, I've been uninspired lately. Which is hard to believe, but as is with life, the plethora of unfortunate events that conspired down my pipeline in the last two months ultimately flatlined me. As an artist and entrepreneur that feeling can be defeating. Especially when you're in the midst of building your dreams. It's in these times though, that I have to remind myself to have gratitude as a disposition. In other words, instead of being thankful for things, I am thankful for my circumstances- whatever they may be. The choice is mine. I can choose to limit my gratitude, based on the blessing that I feel I lack or I can choose to be grateful hearted instead.
It is my belief that this type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement, and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer. We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted is that? How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking the rain for coming? Being grateful in times of distress does not mean we are pleased with our circumstances. But it does mean, that through gratitude, we can look beyond our present-day challenges. True gratitude is an expression of hope. It comes from acknowledging that we do not always understand the trials of life but we trust that one day we will. As you head into the weekend join me in remembering the things that make life so wonderful - like painting. My ultimate meditation. Move the brush, move the mind. #jmkart