Hi Journal & Friends,
For my Friday Favorites, I'd like to share a video that moves me... let me first tell you why.
For years, one of my favorite artists has been Vincent Van Gogh (can click any of the pics to enlarge).
Yes, the one that is famous for cutting off a small part of his own earlobe. It's too bad that is all a lot of people know about his life. In 1853 he was born in Holland, and died only 37 years later.
If you'd like to read in-depth, try out the Vincent Van Gogh Gallery (HERE).
Before I give you a short overview of his life, let me explain WHY I've been thinking about him.
Because it's been a hard, hard week for me.
Emotional ups and downs. Um... mostly downs. Deeply painful and heartwrenching downs... and yes, I've been eating too much. Sigh.
Not like I used to... no blowouts or crazy stuff. But maintenance portions, under 2000 calories, 3 days this week. I won't lose weight that way!!! Sure, the stuff I chose was on my plan, but that's not the point. I was eating even when I wasn't hungry.
I was "thinking" about what had happened... but not working through it, making peace with it, getting emotional closure on it. Big difference.
I want my peace back. I want my passion for the journey back. I want my passion for LIFE back. I want to be excited again about my future. Let me tell ya... once you get a taste of that, then fall on your face and lose that feeling--even if only for a few days--YOU MISS IT!!
Now I KNOW the difference. I can feel it missing. I want that exhuberance back! And that means making right choices, starting right now.
Vincent Van Gogh lived passionately, felt deeply, and painted with all his heart.
Yes, he had struggles.
He struggled with his emotional stability, spending time voluntarily in a sanitarium.
He struggled financially all his life... he only sold one painting in his lifetime, and was supported by his brother Theo.
He struggled with his relationship with God... at one time he was studying to be a preacher.
He struggled with the rejection from the haughty, rigid art establishment of the day.
Yet he lived passionately! He was unique, and refused to be an art clone.
Today, he would have been treated with more compassion by medical specialists familiar with both Epilepsy and Bipolar Disorder. Back then, the cure was often worse than the condition. Sadly, eventually he did take his own life in the midst of a depression.
But in spite of all that he struggled with, he tried, in his better times, to live life to the fullest, and to show that passion in his paintings.
Some quotes from Vincent Van Gogh:
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
In 1971 Don McLean read a biography of Vincent Van Gogh and was so moved, that he wrote the song titled "Vincent".
"Vincent" , Sung by Don McLean
From Dr Phil's book: "You can create an internal dialogue that is healthy, constructive, and joyful."
My verse for today: "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."
My quote for today: "Creativity is like breathing... pointers may help, but we do the process ourselves." --Julia Cameron
Enjoy the Journey,