#REVERB11 (December 19) PROMPT: JOY. What does a joyful life look like for you? (Carolyn Rubenstein, from A Beautiful Ripple Effect)
|RESTING and DREAMING equals JOY. Unselfconscious robust rest is a philosophy I practice so as to delve into my dreamy creative state frequently.|
|JOY RESULTING FROM LIVING WITH THE EASE OF A CATNAPPING (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
PILGRIMS! Hallelujah for wedding anniversaries and cats! There is great JOY to be found in both! Yesterday as Chiboogamoo's anniversary gift to me, we travelled 38 miles away from our Decatur home to lay "claim" to a young Siamese kitten in Peachtree City, Georgia, that I had seen advertised on Craigslist. This 3-month old feline had been in the care of a wondrous loving woman named Linda since he was 5 weeks old.
Deciding to LIVE LIFE WITH THE JOYFUL EASE OF A CATNAPPING was the impetus for beginning this blog in September 2009 (see At the Center of the Star, my first blog entry). The daily quest in my PILGRIMAGE to make art every day no matter what relies upon the practice of being "joyous" and working with "ease." Every day, I repeat the mantra, "Not good, not bad, just is."
The way to live a JOYOUS life is to CREATE. In the act of CREATION, we are BEING, MOVING, and DISCOVERING. Living life in this manner is challenging, hence the need to practice doing it with the languorous ease of a cat napping, suspending judgment and working from our dreams!
In November, I lost my boon feline companion and role model for easeful joyous living (see this blog and this blog). My home with Chiboogamoo became barren and lacking in JOY...until yesterday with the homecoming of Tao!
|NEW ROLE MODEL FOR JOYFUL LIVING WITH THE EASE OF A CAT NAPPING. What a great anniversary gift! Tao is already exhibiting joyous behaviors. Thanks Chiboogamoo! (photo by Chiboogamoo)|
DEDICATION. This blog entry is dedicated to Misha, beloved companion of 17 years. You are missed and will never be replaced. We honor you in the presence of our new feline, who had to be a Siamese because of what you taught us about the complete and utter devotion of this breed to its human companions.
|FELINE ASSISTANT. On his first morning with us, our new kitty insisted on being at my Chiboogamoo's side as he worked on his next blog entry for his website, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|DAILY DRAWING DECEMBER 19, 2011|
So happy you found him. I like the photo where you're holding him. His eyes are reflecting your smile. Awesome!ReplyDelete
Karen...it is four years later and I am revisiting this blog written about Tao's arrival into our household and the joy it brought me. I am also "hunting" joy and its presence in my life!Delete