Art Every Day Month – Day 26 – Pretty Maids All In A Row – Gratitude
I must have been rockin’ in 1997. Much of my old art is dated then and the surrounding years. I remember stories connected to each piece.
I am an Eagles fan, the band not the sports team, and a diehard Joe Walsh fan, still. Excellent guitarist and I always thought he was just a little crazy in the most wonderful way. He was just, you know, himself. That, I thought was a magical trait to have, being yourself even if your behavior seemed controversial. I’ve seen them in concert several times, seen him perform separately with his own band, and I have his autograph. I guess those are the types of things I did in 1997. It appears that way based on my old portfolio.
That controversy thing, having conflicting opinions, expressing them publicly, transitioning from one level of growth to the other, whether smoothly or by creating a mess (and we are all very good at the mess part)…….what matters (I’m prompted to think back to old behaviors and I am so utterly grateful that I have grown in the direction I have), what really matters is that we grow from being lower human beings to an elevated state of higher consciousness and contribution. I’m not talking about being a guru. I’m talking about becoming someone who makes a difference and/or who makes it possible for someone else to make a difference (which of course means that you made a difference). Still with me on this?
And how do we do that? In baby steps, in big steps, in sharing ideas, in being open to change, in learning non-judgment (not the same as discernment), in converting our rightful anger into action and, because I’m gearing up to post something “heavy” about the current events in the news – and that will be a first for this blog – in embracing controversy and disagreement and knowing how to get it to create changes for the betterment of all.
I drew the art below of Walsh’s “Pretty Maids All In A Row” – his least rockin’ song, actually – after really understanding it from the point of view of growth, not romance or melancholy. It speaks of leaving old times (old patterns and ideas)……and for me, that means growing into the fullest self, embracing one’s own internal controversies, those controversies of the world, and opening to finding better ways to communicate and to love – maybe even change the world, again, because we need to keep changing it. We need to elevate ourselves and others, and it can only be done one gesture, one step at a time……pretty maids all in a row….until we reach a point where we can exist together in a new world and way of being.
Controversy is a wonderful thing – if we embrace it, come to mutual understandings, and move forward to heal whatever the issues of our time are……then we rock…..like the healers we were meant to be. Controversy is the instrument by which we can create a new language that is understood by all…but we need to start now. Here. No delays. Time is ticking.
How are ‘ya?
it’s been a long time
Seems like we’ve come a long way
My, but we learn so slow
and heroes, they come
and they go
and leave us behind as if
we’re supposed to know why
Why do we give up our hearts to the past?
and why must we grow up so fast?And all you wishing well fools with your fortunes
someone should send you a rose with love from a friend,
it’s nice to hear from you again
And the storybook comes to a close
Gone are the ribbons and bows
Things to remember places to go
Pretty Maids all in a Row
Oh, oh oh, oh……
Rumi returns soon