Today, I am slowing down my pace. I do not have to accomplish the entire world in this day. It is one day. Today I have time to stop and smell the flowers.
from – “Time for Joy” Daily Affirmations
by Ruth Fishel
The Cat’s Backyard
4″ x 6″ Watercolor
I thought I’d try my hand at a normal painting. No psychedelic cats here, today anyway! he he
Ruth Fishel, MEd, is a prolific author, national retreat, workshop leader and meditation teacher. Her books include: CHANGE ALMOST ANYTHING IN 21 DAYS, TIME FOR JOY ( which has sold over 300,000 copies), PRECIOUS SOLITUDE, THE JOURNEY WITHIN, TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF, HANG IN ‘TIL THE MIRACLE HAPPENS, and STOP! DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE BREATHING? Ruth’s books take the reader on marvelous journey through pain and loss to inspiration and hope. They are both a program for recovery and a path to growth, peace and love of self, others and God.
Taking the first step helps bridge the gulf between our dreams and our accomplishments.
Whether the project is cleaning the garage, building a cathedral, or recovering from an addiction, plans must be translated into action. In order to arrive at our destination, we must begin the trip. We can read hundreds of college catalogs, but it’s when we register for a course, buy a textbook, and begin to study that we are on our way to a degree.
Two factors inhibit our beginning a project. The first is lack of clear motivation, and the second is fear of failure. If we don’t really want to do something, it’s hard to get started. So, if motivation is a problem, we may need to reconsider our choice of projects.
As for fear of failure, this may be something that we step over and around as we move forward. It is not a good reason for aborting a dream. If, in spite of fear of failure, we make a beginning, we will find that the fear shrinks with every step we take. Action is the catalyst. We learn how to do something by doing it.
I will take the first step toward accomplishing a dream today by getting started.
From the Inner Harvest
(a book on Eating Disorders)
by Elisabeth L.
I’ve been told that a lot of people quit when they feel they have failed at an aspect of learning to fly. I’m going to have to remember this!
4″ x 6″ Watercolor
I was painting a brass cat figurine, when something in me went retro! I totally went haywire and dove back into the 60′s. Fun!
If the winds of fortune are temporarily
blowing against you, remember that
you can harness them and make them
carry you toward your definite purpose,
through the use of your imagination.
Cotton Candy Cat
4″ x 6″ watercolor
This little kitty is Oscar. I wanted to play with my white watercolor, as I had seen Leslie White do on her wonderful blog. I had a ball. I used the white with complete abandon! *big grin* I mixed it with the colors and I used it pure, on top of wet colors. Then, since he looked a little sad here, I did a version of Oscar to make you smile, this Christmas Eve, while you are in a whirlwind of activity and stress.
This version of the kitty is 2.5″ x 3.5″
Isn’t artistic license a wonderful thing?
Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia. He began his writing career at age 13 as a “mountain reporter” for small town newspapers and went on to become America’s most beloved motivational author. Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long and successful career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success. His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is the all time bestseller in the field. Hill established the Foundation as a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement. His books, audio cassettes, videotapes, and other motivational products are made available to you as a service of the Foundation so that you may build your own library of personal achievement materials… and help you acquire financial wealth and the true riches of life.
Have a great Christmas Eve and a wonderful Christmas!
If you are traveling, be safe!