This week's chapter in Nepo's The One Life We're Given is about grace. "Effort is keeping the break in our heart open, while grace is the light of everything not broken washing the break clean." There is a stream of life we all return to, in the end. A stream of unbrokenness, an unseeable river connecting all living things. As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (say his name ten times fast!) points out in his book, Finding Flow, we can join that stream when our efforts are wholeheartedly pursued, whether we are working in our gardens, washing dishes or painting. Effort prepares us for grace. We can't plan it or control when it happens. We can only dive in.
As January draws to a close with a super blood blue moon, it is time to dive in to the next thirty paintings in thirty days challenge. Let's wholeheartedly pursue some magical painting together under the blue moon. Howling is optional. :)
Jen Walls and her imaJENation