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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Letting it Be what it Is

I have posted this inspiring video before, and I am bringing it back again because it is so good to watch. Also, because it reminds me to honor the artful side of myself.
Lately, my life has been full of doctors appointments, scans, tests, traveling, and I have allowed myself to be drawn to the negative aspects of my experience. Today though, I am deciding that even though I need to do some things that are not so fun, I can still choose to focus on what feels good instead of going down that dark scary road of "what if...".

This feel good to me, just to make this decision. So what if I can't quite do all I was doing before. I am asking myself, "what can I do now that I can find delight in?"
"What can I think about now that feels good?" Once I get going I can think of all kinds of things that I can do and enjoy, or ways to modify how I was doing something so I can do it in a more healthy way for my body. The more I think about it there are so many good thoughts that I can dwell on! Really!

So I am making a list of all the things I can do...
I am making a list of all the good thoughts I can have....

Now, I am thinking about all my dear friends here in Blogland.
Many of you have sent me good wishes. Many of you have sent me surprises in the mail. Each and everyone of your good thoughts and hugs have filled my heart and lifted my spirit!
I just want to send out a huge hug to each of you and say "Thank You!" from my heart!

So in this video, I am reminded that one thing that feels really good to me is creating art. I can not even explain how much it is core to my being. This song really says it all to me. And I know for sure that I "ought" to!


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I was once down that same path that you are on. I went for test, Dr.'s appts., Emergency Room visits, more test, specialists, etc. It lasted for 3 months during an entire summer. I didn't even want to talk to anyone because when they asked how are you? I didn't even know what to say anymore. I crafted my fool head off that summer. It was my saving grace because I HAD to focus on what I was crafting and because I focused on that, I did not focus on anything else. And then, I finally kissed it all up to God and said, "what will be, will be". Within a week of that decision, a determination was finally made on what was wrong with me and thankfully, it was not as bad as I thought it would be and I took care of what I needed to take care of and suddenly, 3 months of angish was over, just as fast as it started.
You are in my thought and prayers and I agree with you. Focus on what you can do and the good in your life and it WILL see you through these dark times.

Norma Bennett said...

Great video Terri - and I think that in times of distress doing what makes your heart sing is so important not only for your mental/emotional wellbeing but your physical wellbeing as well.
Coming to terms with challenges like you are facing is a process and it seems that you are handling it very well :) It is so important to focus on what you can do - but it's also ok to mourn the things you can't (whether permanently or temporarily), and acknowledge the frustration, etc but always finding something each day to take joy in. And please take some joy in knowing that the creativity you share in your blog makes our hearts sing too :) Sometimes when I'm too unwell to do anything of my own it's being able to share in what others are creating that brings some sunshine to my day.

Be kind to yourself :)

Terri Gordon said...

Terri, What an inspirational video, I always enjoy visiting your blog and love, love, love your beautiful art. You have inspired me many times with your beautiful art. I wish you all the best and you will be in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Please take good care of yourself. Hugs, Terri

Heavens2Betsy said...

Thank you for the wonderful clip - I found it profoundly beautiful. I send you healing wishes x

Anonymous said...

I love you Terri.....nuff said!

Ginger said...

I care about you and we ought to!!!
I know how worrysome all the tests and Drs. can be from my heart attack 5 years ago, and I think that is why my crafts are so special to me. I just turn it all over to my Lord and try to leave it in his hands and trust He will take care of it. Love you.


LuLu Kellogg said...

That is such a wonderful video!

Art always makes my heart sing :)

Sending good thoughts and wishes for lots of creativity your way!


Debby said...

Hi Terri,
Thanks for sharing this awesome video, love it. Always happy to see a post from you. You always inspire me and I simply love all of your art. Think of you often!

Createology said...

Yes, You Ought To! Create Art and feel happy. Prayers and Blessings are with you. Blogland friends are the best. Take strength from us and create art. Happy creating...

Hanna said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely video, Terri. It really shows how wonderful art can be.

Take care!
Sending you lots of love, thoughts and hugs, sweetie!

Claudia said...

Thank you, Terri, for that video! I'm thinking of you and sending healing thoughts your way.


Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Thank you for sharing that special video!
Creativity and Creating is such a personal high that when one is immersed in it all is good with the world and Life's Realities are in limbo for that time.
I;m a new follower of your blog and can see your creative spirit is overflowing!!! May The Lord bless you with a swift recovery!!

Terri said...

Thank you so much Debbie, Norma, Terri, Heavens2Betsy, Jan, Ginger, LuLu, Debby, Creatology, Hanna, Claudia and Lynn...I really love reading your very supportive and positive comments!
Hugs to each of you,

Marlynn said...

Hugs, hugs, and more hugs.... it will all be OK. Trust me. I know and feel it. Let your creative spirit soar upward and fly free. It will all be OK. I know. It is amazing how many of us have been where you are and how many are experiencing what you are feeling now. When we walk out on the other side - we fly! xoxo.....

Bunty said...

Hi Terri

I think you are being very positive and inspirational in the way you are approaching things. I don't know what your health issues are but I wish you the very best of luck and a speedy recovery. Take care.


Barbara :)

PS Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.

Martha's Favorites said...

Terri: I just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated and care about. You are in my prayers. Yes, Tea Cup Tuesday has been fun. I think we both have made a few new friends. Blessings and peace, Martha

Chriss Rollins said...

Hello Teri,

I cannot believe just how long it is since I paid you a visit... Feb time.. I just had a long look at all your wonderful teacups...and how I still wish that I had all the ones I gave away or sold at carboot sales due to a change in my life.

Sorry to hear you have not been well and pleased to hear that you are ok.

You do have an amazing blog so clean and fresh looking..if you can understand what I mean.

Take care and I watched your video the 1st time round when you psted it way back when this was all new to you.

have a great week and I will try not to leave it so long next time.

chriss x

Awishdream said...

I don't know much about your health issues and I'm so sorry to hear you're having any! My heart and blessings go out to you my dear! I can only say, I'm wishing you each day hope & wellness for the future! I'm also sending good wishes that you'll continue to do the things you love! Your art is beautiful!!

Best wishes...
~Melanie :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved that video...and I'm glad you've re-posted it because I've never seen it! It was so much fun to watch and the song was catchy! thanks for sharing this.

also, all of your tea cup tuesday posts were so pretty...i love your collection of china!

art really does help us through whatever it is we might be facing...

take care sweetie...

sending a creative dose of love and inspiration

Catherine said...

Life can certainly be challenging from time to time and it sounds as if this is one of those times for you. I met a woman at an art event and she is married to a quadraplegic (not sure I spelled that correctly) and shared that she never felt any better after dwelling on the negatives in her life. She now has a blog called, The Art of Choosing Joy and I believe that you my dear are doing so as well.


Nancy's Daily Dish said...


My 13 year old and I just watched the video. I was touched and found it so inspiring. I posted it to my FB to share as well. Thank you!

I don't know you yet (hope to get to know you better through blogging) and I don't know what is going on with you health-wise. I will say a prayer for you and send my good wishes your way.

You've taken a great attitude of asking yourself what you can do...something we all should do.

Thank you again for such a beautiful, inspirational and personal post.

Kerrie said...

I can sympathize with your health issues of late, I have been going through the same things. But God is good and thank heavens for crafts to keep our hands busy and our minds sane-well, sort of-ha! Love your blog! Kerrie

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