A few weeks ago you got a notification of a new feature on my website – Ed’s photos. His most recent work has it’s very own column and I hope you will enjoy looking at his photos. I certainly do. He has a unique view of the world that I find exciting and provocative.
In April Ed was taken by ambulance to the hospital and diagnosed with three clogged arteries and a poorly functioning aortic valve. It seemed like the docs would be able to fix him up but additional tests uncovered more health issues which were weakening him. Sadly, on May 16 he left our world for a new adventure – that next big trip we all will be taking at some time in the future. I brought his photos to my website because there will be no more new ones from Ed and I wanted to make sure some of his photos would be available for you to enjoy.
Needless to say, my life has changed big time!!!!! I am very grateful for the multitude of friends who have circled my wagon and helped me through these early stages of grief. Now that over four months have passed, I’m beginning to find my stride and starting to make art again. This year’s birthday doll is almost finished and ready to be revealed. Look for my next posting.
Now I’m focusing on getting to know myself in this new capacity. I’ve spent over 41 years of my life in partnership with Ed and now life has become a single-handed sailing experience. It’s quite different!!! I’m staying put for this first year, looking at how I want to spend my life. I’ve got to simplify things and a good place to start is to get rid of stuff that isn’t being used any more. It seems overwhelming!!!!
Being more inclined to optimism rather than pessimism, I see my future filled with potential and new experiences while I still have health and a mind that works (sort of)!!!!! I’m clear that creativity and discovery are important elements that contribute to my happiness so they are daily objectives. And to maintain a broad perspective, I get out every day which helps me avoid getting caught up in sadness, self pity etc..
My most important current goal is to continue to be of “service” to others and finding ways to achieve this objective is an on-going challenge. I see this blog as one of my “service” activities – a way of sharing my ideas, discoveries, actions and accomplishments with you. I hope you find reading it worthwhile.