Monday is here again, and there are blue birds in the trees

BAD! Kitty Art Studio
Quote for the day
We’re worn into grooves by Time – by our habits.
In the end, these grooves are going to show whether we’ve been second rate or champions,
each in his way in dispatching the affairs of every day.
By choosing our habits,
we determine the grooves into which Time will wear us;
and these are grooves that enrich our
lives and make for ease of mind, peace, happiness
– achievement.
~Frank B. Gilberth
I am wearing new grooves in this reality. Trying on new habits, forcing
myself to stretch, to grow, to let go.
I am sitting here, and wishing I was somewhere, anywhere else.
Some days the alone-ness of my current situation is
overwhelming. Some days it’s a blessing.
I am training my mind to accept things as they are, not as I
wish them to be. Life isn’t easy, life isn’t fair, and life isn’t
going to be, at least not for me.
I work hard on myself, my internal workings, my understanding of reality,
my capacity for making sense of what is really going on,
under the surface of things.
When I am in the studio, and working,
when the paint is flowing, and the art is capturing all of my focus,
and I am lost in worlds of texture, tone, color, and light…
I swim away from the pain, from the disappointments, from the aloofness
of this life. It’s not easy to let it all roll down, and let it go.
I just keep doing my best, looking for opportunity, grasping sometimes
for a handhold in this slippery surface,
and I keep climbing up.
Hand over hand and mind over matter,
I will reach my summit, and stand in the
purified air, throw my hands up over my head
and be thankful for the hard climb.
I will survive, of that I am sure.
What I want more than anything is be able to survive with
a measure of success. Not just get through, not just get by,
not just know truth and suffer it.
I want to embrace all of the universal truths, and not be burned in the flame.
Today I will work hard, I will burn the candle at both ends,
and I will light my own way.
I will stand on the summit in my mind today, and practice feeling
success. I want to know the feeling well, when the day arrives that I actually
get to take it home, inside and let it live there.
I will practice, I will teach, I will lead, and in that truth,
I will evolve into the being I am
struggling to become.
It’s not easy, but I know it’s got to be worth it.
So what will you do today?
What are the choices for you,
today, in this reality, that help you to feel successful?
What Summit are you reaching for?
What is success as a definition, for you?
This is one of my ways of growing beyond the edges,
to write it all down here, for you to read.
Just today, Just Imagine,
Living in truth,
Raw & Radiant,

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