When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tell Me A Story

My children loved for me to tell them stories when they were young, requesting to hear the same silly tales over and over again. I would fabricate details in an effort to make them more interesting, but they were satisfied ,and actually demanded ,that I adhere to the original version. My daughter has become somewhat of a storyteller herself and truly possesses a gift for writing. One of her favorite books as a child was, "Tell Me A Mitzi " by Lore Segal.

I also enjoy hearing stories about people and their lives. Their personal narratives reveal who they are as individuals. Some people are better story tellers than others. I knew someone once who had a particularly melodic and euphonious voice that made listening to the simplest account of life's happenings, a pleasurable and transforming experience. When I paint, I often think of that voice and actually began a series of paintings entitled, "Tell Me A Story."

If you care to listen, everyone has their own unique story to share. Ask someone to tell you theirs. It is a gift really, because you are given a glimpse into their life, their thoughts and at times, their heart and soul.

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