WORKING THE STEPS TO WONDERMENT
Artists by nature are yearningly curious people. We wonder how things work; how to move from here to where we want to be; and how to make life better. Our curious yen to learn informs our creative problem solving, as we encounter opportunities then figure out how to transform them—from a mound of clay to a graceful vessel, from a blank canvas to a painting from the soul. Curiously wondering and working the steps, we learn some useful life lessons along the way.
“‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)”, according to Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland.
Surprised, and pleased, I am to find myself in Wonderland with new wheels beneath me after driving the same ride for twenty-one years!
With the coaching and positive encouragement of my west coast son, Simon, and my Hometown banker, Lonnie, I’ve worked the steps from choosing to registering my shiny new artCentral green Soul that now parks at Hyde House. Thank you Simon and Lonnie for guiding me and telling me, “It’s time. You can do this. This is right for you. You’re doing the right thing!”
Positive words have such tremendous power to transform yearning and curiosity into the wonderment of abundance.
During a recent water-centric Seattle staycation with my Great Northwest family, I basked in the beautiful environment created by positive words and deeds among caring, courteous people. Staying with my son, daughter-in-law and her ninety-six year old father in the home they share, I delighted in the joys and ease of our daily urban adventures.
After the endless choices that big city offers, coming home to Carthage could be a bit of a small town letdown; yet our small town has everything that matters plus the efficiency of simple living, such as a fifteen minute in-and-out at the DMV enhanced with helpful politeness.
Making my homecoming truly sweet, was hearing admiring words spoken by a man doing work at Hyde House. He asked if I would like to meet a beautiful woman. I said, “Yes.” When she brought his lunch, he introduced me to his pretty wife. After her departure, he told me how fortunate he feels to have the perfect wife for twenty-eight years.
To his husbandly admiration I listened with pleasure, as I considered all the curious steps they’ve worked together learning their way to the satisfaction and bliss that is wonderment.