Not So Great Expectations

Intuition Speaks

It has been quite a while since I have been inspired to write, but I think the universe has offered a number of recent experiences that all point to a defined topic for this current post.

We as humans tend to measure our personal worth, societal acceptance, and ultimately our happiness and/or success via the mind’s idea of intended outcomes – what I will term here as our “Expectations”.

Expectations, if you take a moment to ponder further, actually creep into every facet of our lives – from the mundane social interactions of, ”If I hold a door for you, I expect a “Thank You” in return”, up to the more practical (and many times aspirational) applications such as if you work with dedication, intellectualism and integrity, you will be rewarded with a promotion.

Almost every single choice that precedes an interaction with any type of person, every single day…

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Anonymously Mail Letters of Encouragement to Strangers

What a wonderful inspirational young woman!

Project Light to Life

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From the moment I put this item on my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” list, I could not wait to cross this one off the list, especially after imagining how excited I would be if I got an anonymous letter of encouragement. However, I put this item on the list nearly a year ago and after completing it, am angry I waited this long.

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A week ago, I went to purchase envelopes and stamps. I rarely send letters anymore – blame technology or maybe just a lack of common sense, but I remember asking my mom how to address a letter just a few years ago – so after I made my purchases I thought, if I have all these envelopes and stamps now so “Why just send one letter?” I decided that instead, I would send three anonymous letters of encouragement to people. I also worried that if I…

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Reflection

Reflection

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a painting! Although I’ve done a few since getting back to work, I have to admit that it’s been hard to keep at it. I started this one when we had family stop by on their way to Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago. The real joy of that day was getting 3 of the kids painting and seeing how proud they were of themselves! I just finished this and it reminded me of an old man looking in a window pane at his reflection – very distorted but it’s interesting I think.

“Shades of Red” Acrylic on Canvas

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I felt a strong urge this morning to do a ‘red’ painting. Started with a mix of naphtha red and white for the lighter background and then started adding in different red colors. I used mostly scrapers and palette knives. My honey doesn’t like this one as much because he doesn’t “see” anything in the painting. 🙂 I like it!