- I do read every day, but I also enjoy my share of t.v. and save most of my hand work for binges on Netflix!
- I try to give genuine compliments to people, even strangers, when I am touched by something I see. I also try to give sincere constructive criticism when needed or asked for. Being constructive is the key!
- I try to embrace change, although it is often scary to do so. Valuable change is usually also a bit frightening.
- I try to forgive others, but I don’t forget. I want to remember so I can learn from the mistakes of others along with my own.
- I love talking about ideas, but I also am fascinated by what makes people think the way they do. Human nature is endlessly interesting. I try to avoid gossip unless I can learn something from it!
- A key to a happy life is learning new things and being open to new ideas and challenges. People who think they “know it all” are missing out on so much!
- A secure person can accept responsibility for their own goofs. It may be embarrassing, but accepting your failures is a key to owning your successes. Blaming others for your problems will never lead to helping yourself become a better person.
- I am grateful for the life I have had so far, and that includes realizing the lessons learned from the trials, disappointments, and dysfunction that make up this life in addition to the sweet and happy moments. You can’t truly appreciate the warm fuzzy times without having endured the crappy ones. Happiness is such a relative term!
- Setting goals, both for the day and week along with the years down the road, are so important in helping you focus and accomplish more and waste time less with unimportant distractions. Setting daily goals is way easier than long-term ones, though. I am working on doing a better job of “seeing the big picture”!
This week's blog post was written by fiber artist Sherry Bingaman of Nueva Vida.
This poster was all over Facebook recently, and it caught my attention for a variety of reasons. I generally agreed with it upon my first glance and felt it was a version of the “power of positive thinking” thing. After closer examination, I saw more of a blend from both the green side and the red side as a truer reality. I don’t call myself a “thriving artist” but I am pleased with the state of my art and believe there are many aspects to my happiness with my artistic life. For example:
Working to be a “thriving artist” consists of the same things needed to be a “thriving human”!