I visited Arizona last month and man do they have a big sky there! Where I live in Pennsylvania the land is hilly - you can see as far as the next red barn. But in the desert the clouds and blue sky go on forever.
Loving as big as the sky is a very tall order. My hope is to gradually build up to that with one act of kindness at a time. Today I wrote a short thank you note to the woman who introduced me to the 'big as the sky' concept. Her generosity and words made me a more loving woman.
By being herself, and sharing herself freely, she changed my life for
Who, by their words, ideas, and actions, has influenced your life? Who has made you a better person? Have you told them?
These cards are from Choosing the Encouraging Life card deck.
This morning I propped them up on my kitchen table to remind me to share myself with others, because it matters.
Love you big as the sky, Judy
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now... Rilke
Rilke invites us to have patience and love and live the questions that shape our lives. I don't know about the patience part but I've been loving and living with encouragement as one of my questions. How can I be an encouraging person today?
Living with this question I created a card deck of encouraging ideas and actions that I would love to share with you. The deck has three parts - Encouraging Beliefs, Encouraging Actions, and Strengths. Use the deck to support your spirit through the changes and challenges of your life. Use it as your own personal creative muse. Use it with teens, seniors, friends, and co-workers. Use it when you are grieving, growing, creating, loving, and in confusion, despair, hope and joy.
While creating this deck I encountered the inevitable obstacles, delays, disappointments and confusion that are part of a big project. I was so pleased to discover that the ideas in the deck helped see me through the rough patches. This is exactly what I had hoped for!
The images are all original drawings of women and birds. They are quirky and spunky characters which is perfect actually because you and I are quirky originals and that is what we have to work with.
If you'd like to purchase a deck please click on the button below.
PS - like children, art projects require many people to help them grow. I offer much gratitude to Annette Murray and Jim Bradley for helping me bring this project home.
Best to you, love Judy
The sky is not your limit. Your mind is.
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