In our current world, we need places of peaceful retreat...art can be that. Especially the Zentangle(R) art form because it's accessible to everyone, even those who think they cannot draw. For me, it is part of my self-care, a tool for relaxation, self-reflection and exploration.
“Life is the art of living with uncertainty without being paralyzed by fear.” ~Dr. W. Dillon
I didn’t immediately look at going through cancer as an opportunity to rework my life, even though I knew it to be a wake-up call and change was needed. But I didn’t make those changes. Quite the contrary. All throughout treatment, I longed for a return to my old life, some sense of “normalcy”. Partly I could barely see the end of the treatment period, it seemed like it would last forever, making it difficult to imagine what my life could look like after cancer. And partly because treatment and healing took up all my energy…I didn’t have enough available band width to imagine anything different.
But now it’s coming on 4 years, and even though I’ll be on Aromasin until the end of 2019, it’s time to make some changes. And I think a lot of us are in the same place.
Finally got the Christmas décor/clutter sorted out and put away. The room suddenly looked kind of barren, so I spent some time just prutsen, rearranging some pieces, swapping out some others that had been packed with the holiday things we haven’t used in a while. Did you spend any time prutsen during the quiet time of the holiday season?
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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