Spring / Summer 19
Season of sorrow,
when will you acquaint yourself
to someone less dear?
Haiku by Claire Arceri
I’ve been reflecting on this past season, and determining how I was going to approach my current vision board for the new season. Ideas and concepts came and went, but something that has been a constant (that I couldn’t ignore even when I tried) is the feeling of sorrow. Without getting personal, (because this sorrow involves dear people in my life whom I respect) sorrow became selfish and occupied a lot of time and attention. I am no professional at grief and sorrow and giving advice on how to heal and move on from it, but as I work through it currently, I’ll say this; that there is no way around it but going straight through. After all, isn’t it the fear that we face?
This vision board represents my kaleidoscope of thoughts and concepts I’m currently experiencing. The background earth elements of burl wood and water are the reminders for me to stay grounded.
Burl wood in particular because of it’s peculiar figured grain. Burls in a tree result from undergoing stress, fungus or insect infestation. Due to it’s rarity and need for skilled craftsmanship, burl wood, to me, displays a timeline of its beautiful figured journey as a tree; trials and all.
Water in Sunset mode for it’s ability to calm and gives the opportunity to practice mindfulness. From personal experience, watching the ocean during sunset calms my mood, and I end up having the most incredible sleep that night. I think watching the setting sun, whether there is water present or not, is just as affective.
As your eyes move to the next layer; less elemental and more aesthetically driven. Since about a year ago, a dear friend of mine and I drove to one of our neighborhood’s local vintage markets where we each walked away with a beaded handbag. Ever since that moment, I have been on the lookout for beaded EVERYTHING!
The denim collars with middle-finger pins is my trying to have humor with myself in the midst of the sorrow. Wearing the little middle fingers on the collar or décolletage almost as your armor is my way of showing my “sticking it” to the present frustrations in life.
The golden feather, being the lightness I need to show myself in color and in weight. This golden yellow is such a bright and happy color. Being a feather, it drifts and gets directed by the wind as if surrendering. Which is what we must do sometimes in hard times.
Lastly, the triplet faces. The focus I took from this photo was one, for the expression of being at ease and of being present. The second being the makeup giving this sunlight from within appearance. This being the focal point is the hope I have to have that in darkness, the light still overcomes.
I hope that as my followers, if you are in a season of uncertainty, sorrow or grief that you find this vision board to be a beacon of light and hope. You are never alone.
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
― Bram Stoker
“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen
“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”
― Leo Tolstoy
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
― Og Mandino
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
― Agatha Christie
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu
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