Many say that is is a challenge to distinguish the different seasons in the tropics. But there are definitely certain things to signal a season.
Winter is a time of huge full moons that look as though they can be touched if you just reach for them. So close they appear and often glow so bright, one does not need a light to find their way while outside, on a stroll along the beach or path.
Living on the west side of this island of Kauai enables me to capture and enjoy the setting moon before sunrise. I watch the ocean lap the shore over and over with each wave moonlight dances its way to the sand. It mesmerizes me, hypnotizing and inspiring as I become one with the rhythm of the moon and sea.
This painting is of no particular place on the island. I comes from a place in my heart with the rhythm of the ocean.
Full Moon blessings are upon those who spend the time to read this and double blessings for those who leave a comment!
"It's not your job to eliminate the clouds; the sky will clear on its own. "
Whenever I feel overwhelmed with life and the expectations of everyday living, like punching in for work, handling dumb questions, and just being there to accommodate visitors, I try to remember these words once shared with me from a dear friend.
Life is far too precious to wasted feelings of frustration for one second. Breathe and allow space between the angst..and then step back and be entertained by the clouds, knowing all to well that, yes, the sky will clear!
Has it truly been FIVE months since my last post? Interesting that my post on FaceBook this morning, had this listing of 10 characteristics of Creative People...
I find it most interesting that the first item on the list is "easily bored", as it is now that this forlorn and lost creative person decided to return to post on my blog. It's not that I desire boredom...just lack of inspiration towards my painting and creating art.
A dear artist friend reminded me : "What about all those beautiful daily photographs and stone art you have been doing?" Yes that is creative, and meditative, but different. It doesn't feed the soul like creating a vision on canvas and seeing it completed. Not the same kind of food.
There truly are no coincidences....only paths we choose to take. These past several months my trek was steep and vast at times. I have had five very dear friends go into the "beyond", my dearly loved Kumu Hula and one parent. I tended to get stuck in the mud for a bit and have struggled to find inspiration. Death does that.
But I am not the one who died. Time to cease this day. It is time for me to get lost in the awe of life itself. I am breaking out my oils!
Once you've lived through an "Act of Nature" rather it be a huge Earthquake, a Tsunami, an exploding, eruptingvolcano, or a Hurricane or two, I might tend to NOT get caught up in the furry of fear. For the mere act of preparing calms the worry out of my mind.
After a warning I sit quiet with a prayer for guidance and appreciation and then proceed to make a list of "can NOT live with-outs". WATER and Toilet paper are always top of list!
I tend to prepare and not do it over the top. Well, maybe a bit over when it comes to storage of water! Like the gallon upon gallons of jars lining our daylight basement I gathered up in 1980. My family of four were preparing and living for months during the Pacific Northwest, Mt. St. Helen's was erupting and disrupting our life style and comfort and especially our safe drinking water. All those jokes from my wasband ended up being no joke at all.
But I do NOT purchase water I can get out of my tap! I collect glass bottles and jars to fill with water. Like...what are ALL those people going to do with ALL the THOUSANDS of plastic water containers, and bottles of water they bought? I witnessed PALETTES of bottle water flooding out of Costco and Cost- u- Less stores... RIGHT??? We are a tinny island!! I do use a few RECyCLED plastic bottles to freeze water for keeping the freezer and refrigerator cool if and when the electricity goes off.
Panic can make us compulsive to spend money gathering up thing upon thing that we "think" we might need.
I go through my "Hurricane Boxes" to check off what I already have and make certain to pick up what I need or beef up my non-perishable food items, Also important to check EXPIRATION dates and rotate these food items. Batteries and Construction Plastic Bags a must.
Gather up minimal clothing and toiletries in a beach bag, or back pack. To survive in the tropics I can just about do with bathing suit, pareo, two sets underwears, sweat pants, shorts, 2 tank/t-shirt, socks, tennis shoes, slippahs, and sweatshirt. Car charger for phone and camera. Laptop and battery. No forget towel and blanket or sleeping bag. Tarps and small tent, cooking stove with propane. Pans and picnic basket always packed for a meal,Battery operated radio, matches and candles just about sets me up. Cat food, kennels and water for my two kitties.
Check on immediate neighbors to see if they have their ducks lined up and then I consult with my ohana for a backup Plan B if myself and my two kitties need to evacuate from our coastal home. Most of all don't forget to breathe and give thanks for all I have been blessed with and trust that the love and aloha, will and does shine through any storm!