Getting Up

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What to do after you’ve fallen and gotten up again?  You could stand up straight, dust yourself off and go on with your life just like you’re accustomed living it.  That’s what I always did before I learned this:

Life does not happen to you, it happens for you! 

Jim Carrey

Or you could understand the implications of this quote by Jim Carrey.  What it means is that what happens to you is not just happenstance.  It isn’t some unrelated event thrust upon you.  It is a reflection of what you’ve been thinking, fearing, and focusing on.  It isn’t something meant to punish.  It’s something for you to ponder and to dig deeper and to realize what you’re ready to change about yourself.

Since I’ve been going through a lot of this myself lately, falling or failing, I’ve come to realize these dips as a gift.  Every time I take an action to find out what it is that I need to reflect on, to find out why whatever happened is occurring, I am rewarded with synchronicities which lead me to know exactly what I need to change.  Just like in Goethe’s famous quote where he says:

“…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

I take one inspired action that leads me to the knowledge of what steps I need to take to begin to Be the person I really want to BE.  These are usually baby steps that lead to BIG changes.

The painting above is one I did several years ago during a dip in my painting.  I’m referring to a time I felt unable to “play” while I painted.  I felt stuck.  My work was uninspired  and uninteresting.  So, I took a step and looked for painting workshops where I could loosen up and “play” again.  Other opportunities came which helped on top of the workshop, and, once again, I began to feel passionate about the work I was doing.  I was getting many new ideas and more inspirations as I painted.  I began to have fun again.

I didn’t settle when I became uninspired.  I’ve done that before and sometimes didn’t paint again for years at a time.  Now that I know that life brings us these dips so that we begin to take action to overcome them, I’ve recognized that those dips actually bring us to a more energetic state than before the fall, the dip, the occurrence.  I’ve learned that I become more after confronting the truth of what I’ve been fearing, thinking, and focusing on.  Only then can you take advantage of what truly you are wanting for yourself.

More about this in my next blog.  I’d appreciate questions and comments so that I can know for myself what this blog brought up for you in your life.  A dialogue would help you and also me to know how and what to share.  Thank you for visiting.





When You’re Down, Get Up!


The reason I haven’t written is because I’ve been busy dealing with unexpected circumstances.  I had two operations in one month, in June, and then July.  The first one was on one of my eyes to alleviate the dryness.  The second was to operate on one of the arteries in my right leg to increase the blood flow to my foot.  Both of the operations went well, but, since then, there have been complications.

After all that, after having to stay in bed recuperating, I had an accident that totaled my car.  I wasn’t hurt and no one in the bus that hit me was hurt either.  When it happened, my daughter informed me that bad stuff happens in threes, so I’m hoping to turn my misfortune around now.  Whoever heard of someone dealing with a fourth, or (God forbid!) fifth event happening that compromised their lives?  Right?  When You’re Down, You Get Up.  

I’m not going anywhere.  I Am determined, dedicated, and delightfully planning to rise above all that’s happened and to forge the opening of new roads to succeed at this blog and my writing and painting.  A side note:  These happenstances I experienced, one right after another, got me in touch with how much I’ve been procrastinating, how valuable my time is, and how much I want to do all I can now.  To that end,  I’ve made a commitment to myself to come back better than ever.

The painting above is the last painting I finished.  It’s a Ketuba, a Jewish marriage contract that a couple about to be married commissioned me to do.  It depicts spring into summer, a time when plants and flowers burst forth in their glory, and, in the center of all that is my conviction to make this blog, my writing and art, the focus of a relationship that grows and expands, just like in a marriage.  After the fall, the getting up is making a big, huge difference in how I perceive my life.