The gypsy girl had set off on a little getaway to spend time with family, regain balance and take a few moments to give thanks to all that is precious and wonderful in her life ~ just as is.
For her surprise, the more grateful she felt, the more she received.
She never had to wish for a thing… Wonders just came flying toward her!
She saw snow geese, swans and ducklings, playing on the lake… An eagle resting on the top of a tree… Blue herons standing skinny and tall, in the middle of the swampy grass.
Would you please remind her to bring binoculars the next time? We all can use a little help to take a closer look at the beauty surrounding us in this world!
She saw marvelous sunsets…
Mt Erie, Mt Baker and the majestic Olympic Mountain range, enveloped her on a big group hug. She felt strength. She felt safe. She felt that her heart was so wide and so vast. She felt that, like the sky, she could always fit a bit more beauty within.
The gypsy girl also paced herself and tried to not check mail or talk on the phone. All she really wanted was to be outside, playing with her camera.
But your comments kept coming…. And she kept collecting them, like seashells, washing on the shore… Each one a different surprise that brought a smile of its own. In the end, she could not resist you. She collected each word you said. She read your sweet words over and over and stored them inside an antique blue jar! She then pondered and wandered, and realized that what she really wants in life, is to share her images and stories as much as possible, for the simple joy of it. She also truly valued that you could see her soul in her Art. She finally wished that she could give each and every one of you, a photograph and a memory of this moment of connection. Sigh.
She then, remembered a quote from Isabel Allende that says:
“Give, give, give — what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.”
But having said (and felt) that, she could only pick one winner this time! :)
And the lucky winner is *** Angel, who said *** “they are all simply soulfully beautiful…~ of course the divine padma lotus is the one that symbolizes much to my heart… bouquets of blessings, angel”
So thank you all for stopping by and participating ~ You made this gypsy girl, very very happy!
To keep celebrating the “season of giving”, I’m going to host yet another giveaway in my next post, to promote the work of a very talented friend.
I will also be adding greeting cards and postcard series in my Etsy shop to make my work more accessible for all budgets. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, please check out this generous post from Kelly Rae. She is hosting a fundraiser and giveaway along with Jen Lemen, to put a roof over a family in Rwanda. Even the tiniest amounts can be of great support. Check it out and if you feel moved, make a donation for a good cause.
By the way, how was your Thanksgiving Holiday? Tell me your Gratitude Stories… Or your Turkey Tales. Any images you’d like to share? You can add a link to it, if you wish. Please share.
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