It's been a little stressful around here lately.
You know, life
crap drama stuff.
I'm not the protagonist in the stories being played out right now,
but I'm close enough to the action that I am definitely a supporting character.
As a self proclaimed "seeker of beauty,"
I've become fairly adept at finding the "beautiful" in messy life situations.
Unfortunately that doesn't always alleviate the heartache and stress.
So what is one to do is such situations?
Well, for me, it's drink coffee.
In copious amounts.
Amounts that make my dental hygienist's polishing hand twitch.
But stepping away from the action is helpful, as well.
So I left for a few days.
It was already planned, but I was at that point were I felt maybe I shouldn't go
yet knew it was best that I did.
When I arrived at my destination
and promptly burst into tears
and my hostess took it all in stride,
I knew I had made the right decision.
So off she whisked me to make art.
Heart art with Stephanie Ackerman.
Tearing, gluing and smearing hearts...
it made the knots in my stomach ease up just enough
so it no longer felt like it was chewing on my heart.
And then the next day was even more blissful.
A whole day of doodling and carving.
Have you tried it?
It is glorious.
It's smooth and meditative...
like a cool balm on torn, ragged nerves.
Yes. So very, very glad I went.
And that wonderful hostess of mine,
well, she didn't even blink at the amount of coffee I drank.