Earth, Wind, Water and Fire

Like so many others I find myself with more time to think this year. More time to think, to appreciate, to ponder , question, understand.

Last week I was reading about natural elements. The concept goes back much further than I had realized, and perhaps it was Aristotle who first named the four basic elements. There is some interesting discussion on various Greek philosophies, for a quick refresher, and some fun experiments check out: Home Science Tools.

Terra

I digress, another symptom associated with increased isolation.

Mariah

Today’s offering is a small collection representing personification of these four elements. Earth (which I call Terra), Wind (they call the wind Mariah), Water (Acqua) and Fire (I have named her Blaze).

Blaze

 

 

Catch Me When I Fall

I am a sinner, regardless of my intentions, sometimes I fall.  To be honest, it doesn’t take me by surprise.  I sense the warnings but am too proud to reach for the handrails. I’ve got this.  I don’t need help.

Then it happens, I fall.

Confidently, I ask again for forgiveness, knowing He will send his guardians to my rescue.  He is always there to Catch Me When I Fall.3rd rev Catch Me When I Fall final small

There Is Always Hope

Sometimes an image comes out of nowhere – not planned or deeply contemplated, it just emerges. That is exactly the case with this one. So much so I couldn’t even put a title to it. It always puzzles me when this happens and I begin searching for its origins – it usually has to do with my own emotions.

This year I have faced a series of difficulties, none of them disastrous, but each setting me back. At times it seems like I am running through darkness, maybe a tunnel or an alley. My legs are tired and it is difficult to make progress, like running through water.

I believe this image is my own artistic encouragement to myself. Though the situation may feel dark with narrow walls, and my feet may feel heavy, make the best of the situation, and play in the water.

You Lift Me Higher

I’ve been thinking about those people in my life that lift me up when I need it most. I recently had a knee replacement, and while it is a common surgery, recovery is painful and lengthy. I needed people in my life that would lift me when I felt down, encourage me when I wanted to give up, and tell me something funny when I cried. This is a tribute to those people.

I have learned something from this. Sometimes I know someone who is down, but I don’t know what to say, so I say nothing. I don’t want to seem intrusive so I avoid. I realize now how important it is to hear a friendly voice, receive a kindly worded note, or just to hear the voice of someone who cares.

You Lift Me Higher, February, 2019