Artsyish – Second Wall

While I was reading “The Artist’s Way, I realized I had no rooms or walls in my house painted my favorite color.

In response to that, I painted this wall a bright canary / school-bus / SUNSHINEY yellow that is just one shade less vibrant than a complete spazz attack. I love it!

The problem with it was that it clashed at the corners where it butted up against the nice khaki-beige of the walls on either side of it. Beige & yellow… yeah, it wasn’t so pretty…. I needed to “tone it down” a little bit, or at least un clashify it a tad.

Ultimately, what I decided to do was paint a 4 inch border around the sides & across the top of the wall, and then go over that with bright red lettering. It came out wonderfully, I love it even more now that it’s done!

(Finished in the nick of time before the CHNA Fall Progressive Dinner, for which I hostessed the appetizers portion!)

Because it inspires me, soothes me and reminds me to relax, I used excerpts from this poem (the bits I used are in bold)…

(Latin for “Things to be Desired”, written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s, Baltimore, MD)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


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