"I am playing with myself,
I am playing with the world's soul,
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself, I change the world."

Gloria AnzaldĂșa

03 April, 2008

While I was sleeping

I was reading one of my favorite blogs the other day, and I was struck by my friend BipolarLawyerCook's list of things to do in life. One of the "things" was "Look for something beautiful everyday." I thought that she was so right--it is essential that we remember that the world is a wonderful place and we celebrate beauty wherever we see it.

This isn't too hard for me to do on a regular basis. I live in a beautiful home in a beautiful city; I live with two beautiful women, two beautiful dogs, a beautiful cat. I live a life I love, and I am surrounded by art--Susan's and other people's. What's not to find beautiful? But sometimes I get a special treat.

Susan goes to sleep later than I. Of course, she gets up some two hours after I do, but she also seems to be able to get by on much less sleep than I require. Anyway, I often get up at five and she has done lovely things. She'll have cleaned the kitchen, or posted on her blog, or, on special mornings, she'll have created some art.

This morning I stumbled into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee, and on the counter was a lovely pencil drawing of an old fan that's in the living room. It is so sweet to be able to look at something I see everyday through the loving eyes of an artist--especially this artist. It is such a privilege to see things anew.

That's what art does for me--visual, literary, musical--it allows me to see the beauty and the glory and even the horror in this world through other eyes. I am such a lucky woman.

16 comments:

MamaBird said...

What a lovely post. I was just thinking this morning that I need to listen to music more, as I have been welling up with emotion just listening while I exercise (double whammy of good endorphins i think). Would love to see the sketch.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Can't wait for the visual.

Family Adventure said...

And this post reveals the artist in you, Professor J. Beautifully written.

Heidi

Mike Golch said...

Wat a great posting,and yues it is so easy to find the beauty in life,all we have to do is take a second to do so.I love now that sring is arriveing the flowers are starting to show up and soon the trees will be budding so the leaves are not far off.God is Good to bless us with so much.

JCK said...

It is lovely to have an artist in your own home. And she is so lucky to have you.

Loved this focus on the beautiful things in life.

K. said...

Another lovely peek into your life - and that drawing is so charming!

Mrs. G. said...

You are a lucky woman. And I adore that you know it. You two just seem to have a good thing going on. I love love.

Cheri said...

I love the direction the fan is facing. I imagine it drawing Susan's positive energy and sending it into the world.

mental mosaic said...

You two have such a lovely relationship! Back when I was married to an artist, if I slept in, I only ever woke up to an even messier place than before I'd gone to bed! ;p

Scout said...

Seriously, this post has made me smile. Not many do that. You are lucky, and you are evening luckier for recognizing it.

Ginaagain said...

I think it is lovely that you see value in the time that Susan spends alone rather than resenting that she isn't on the same schedule you are.

Rima said...

Lovely.

we_be_toys said...

We see eye to eye on this - its the beautiful things in life that make every day worthwhile.
And as lucky as you feel to be surrounded by beauty and loving people, I feel sure they are aware of their own luck in having you there, spreading your own beauty!

Sojourner said...

As above- all the comments above, are what I think too. The other writers are just more eloquent than I at 10:30 on Saturday morning. Life is beautiful!

Mike Golch said...

I have thought of something else I wanted to say,I agree with you about art allowing you to see the beauty and glory through someone else's eyes. Music is a window to the sole and the creators are a great examples,and writers.

Claire B. said...

Oh, so lovely--both the sentiment and the sketch. I cannot imagine seeing the world through an artist's eyes, but one day I'd like to try!