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

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Miracle of The Moment

On Friday evening I attended a Women of Faith conference at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia with friends. I was especially moved by the music of Steven Curtis Chapman. His life,his faith, his love for his family, and the recent and tragic loss of his youngest of six children, Maria, provide inspiration for his lyrics and melodies.Songs such as "When Love Takes You In" and "Cinderella", love songs to his children, reminded me of how my own two children, Christina Autumn and Robert Christian,encourage my "faith" in the moments and inspire my art and life.Chapman's work is genuinely heartfelt.He uses his talent to celebrate the here and now and the promise of what will be.Despite whether or not an individual is faithful or religious in a traditional sense, which I am not, it is the belief in something greater, belief in love and the adherence to our dreams and a higher purpose, that sustains and motivates us. As always, balance is key. One must appreciate the present,learn from the past and move forward with conviction and hope.
Enjoy today with gratitude. Embrace the "Miracle of the Moment."

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