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

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Labor of Love

"The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure." ~Francoise de Motteville

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to summer here at the Jersey shore. It also means back to "work" for myself and all educators. Labor Day is actually an annual holiday observed worldwide, although at different times, in celebration of the economic and social achievements of all workers.I considered the meaning of the word "Labor", defined primarily as the "expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory" .It made me realize how very little what I do seems like work or labor at all.I am very fortunate to love what I do:teaching young children and creating art.The closer I come to embracing art as my way of life, the more I realize, I may never labor another day in the traditional sense of the word.There are times when I secretly am awed that I actually get paid for this. And so I have spent some time this Labor Day weekend,"working" at what I love most: painting!This genuinely is my labor of love.
Enjoy your holiday!


“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” ~Pearl S. Buck

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