I have had such a simple, lovely, relaxing day today, watching films with the family, cooking some delicious vegan food and drawing. This is a portrait I did this afternoon of a civil war soldier (I have a bit of an obsession with history, and with sketching faces!) It has been so nice to have the time to do creative things that make me feel good. Sketching is definitely good for my soul, as is writing. I hope you are managing to get some soul time this season… What makes you feel at peace, inspired and contented?
I took this picture in Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England about a year ago. I loved the reflections of the stained glass windows in the water of the black font. The inscription on the side of the font read: “As you pass through the waters, I shall be with you.” A reminder of the beauty of love, silence, stillness and grace, no matter what your religious or spiritual faith.
I’ve come to realise, in my quest to live more intentionally and healthfully, that there is a phrase that tends to sway me from my path and leaves me feeling guilty and frustrated. Two short words. You may hear and use them often. F–k it. They are simply a license to do things we know we’ll regret. Think about it. We never say ‘f–k it’ when we are about to do something that is good for us. As one comedian put it, “No one ever said ‘F–k it, I’m gonna have a carrot!’” F–k it means freedom. Hedonism. Wildness. Spontaneity.