Good Afternoon Journal,
One of my favorite living artists is Larry Seiler (here). Right in the middle of a rising career during which he was becoming well-known and collected, he chose to do a complete change-up in his painting style!
His 'before' style looked like this:
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He now paints more impressionistic, like this:
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He is generous with his time, sharing from his knowledge and experience on WetCanvas, an online art community of which I am a member. He has answered my questions, offered suggestions, and been an inspiration to me.
One thing that he did to further his technique was to actually COUNT each brushstroke as he created a painting. He wanted the painting to look fresh and spontaneous. Each brushstroke needed to matter, laid down deliberately and left alone...not messed with and ending up muddled looking. Each stroke was a choice, done with confidence and boldness...each had to be chosen knowing that it mattered, that it would have an effect.
I was thinking about that today....about CHOICES. And how in this journey to wellness, I needed to be reminded that EACH CHOICE HAS A CONSEQUENCE. That EVERY choice matters...they are ALL important. Every time I make a choice, all day long, whether small or big, they all add up and have consquences.
Last night I ate too much. I ate good food, on my plan. I didn't binge. But I still ate too much. I was not careful about my choice to do that...I didn't think it through and remember that ALL CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
I want to have it in the front of my thinking again:
EVERY CHOICE MATTERS.
EVERY CHOICE IS AN IMPORTANT CHOICE.
EVERY CHOICE HAS A CONSEQUENCE.
In Dr Phil McGraw's book "The Ultimate Weight Solution" he says this: "Choose the behavior, choose the consequences." I used to fuss over this...I would argue that I am NOT choosing to be fat. But now I see what he is trying to say. If I CHOOSE THE BEHAVIOR, then I must accept the responsibility for the CONSEQUENCES that result from that behavior I chose.
In the end, being a "little" off in my choices will add up to a huge consequence later, unless I get it nipped in the bud now. That is why I am writing this...to imprint on my brain:
LIFE IS A JOURNEY WE CHOOSE.
From Dr Phil's book: "Have the willingness and courage to throw off your past, go after your weight-control goals, and pursue a life that is defined as healthy and fit."
My verse for today: "...you, O God, are strong, and you O Lord, are loving."
My quote for today: "Life is choice. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
Enjoy the Journey,