Life isn't always fair.
And life is messy.
Just when we think we've got it all figured out, we're on the right path, our ducks are in a row, the planets are in alignment...then ZING! POW! WHAP! A monkey wrench flies into the whole thing and you skid to a STOP. And like the grandson in this scene, we are thinking the story is messed up, this isn't how it is supposed to be and so on.
But...and this is a BIG BUT (one "T", you silly reader, not two!), how many times have those monkey wrenches turned into the yellow brick road leading you to something better? I have a theory. If you follow the wrench episodes far enough, at some point there is a silver lining, a golden nugget, a kernel of truth. Or an even better outcome than you previously imagined. Sometimes, when I am stuck in traffic that is making me swear a blue streak and point at people and wag my finger furiously (and oh yes, I point at people. I am one of those annoying drivers), I tell myself a story about how the universe conspired to throw this traffic in my way to save me from certain peril five miles ahead, delaying my arrival until after the [insert calamity here - accident, space ship landing, terrorist bomb, flock of chickens in the road] has passed. And I'll tell you something - as soon as I think that, I feel better about the messy unfairness of the moment (and traffic) I seem to be stuck in. Our imaginations have that kind of power!
Above is the final first piece started in last week's workshop. I absolutely LOVE how this is pure watercolor, yet looks like mixed media and collage! The process takes time and patience, but the result - wow. I will keep working on the second piece and see if it is just as magical.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation