Less Control, More Trust

Painting faces again

part of a work in progress on the art table,

painting is often a good way to quiet my mind and connect to my Higher Power


"Letting go of my insistence for immediate gratification, I relax into the better working-out of details and dimensions hidden from my view."

~ Julia Cameron, Prayers to the Great Creator

This past weekend I erased my whiteboard full of plans and to-do's to make room for Ms Cameron's words above. When I physically cringed at the first swipe of the eraser I realized just how much I needed them in full view.

These days my insistence for immediate gratification is high and my ability to relax into the better working-out of details by something bigger than myself - the Universe, my Higher Power, whatever you want to call it - is low. I'm not trusting, I'm trying to control. A lot. Frankly it's draining.

Though my chest tightens at the thought, it's time to loosen the grip. A little less control, a little more trust.

Thank you Ms Cameron for the reminder.


Are there parts of your life that could benefit from a bit of letting go? How do you feel about loosening your grip and seeing how things unfold?

You (Yes You), Well Done!

AEDM Day 9

She Donned Flowers, work in progress, 8"x8" on canvas

"The process of life's work planning can be defined, in a general sense, as creating a picture of the world you want to live in and then organizing your energies into building it. ... The true idealist is no dewy-eyed dreamer but a committed foot soldier in the cause of his vision."

~ Laurence G. Boldt, author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living

Slowly but surely, each day we rally our energies and build - work, health, relationships... Each one of us a committed foot soldier in the cause of our vision.

Let's give ourselves a collective pat on the back, shall we? I think it's well-deserved.