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The Poppy Walk

10″x10″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

Yesterday, my friend Trish, sent me a slew of great photos  from her iPhone.  They were of her morning walk and I found them inspiring. Perhaps, not as inspiring as taking my own morning walk, but ahhh…baby steps….baby steps.

Ha, ha…. this makes me laugh because that is indeed how you would start  a morning walk, step by step. Why do I resist this so?  I think that part of the reason is that from 9 to 12, for three  hours,  4 days a week (sometimes 5), I can paint,  and I find it very difficult to give up one minute of that painting time.  I realize that taking half an hour would probably be,  not only inspiring, but give me  great balance in my life,  as well. But, still I resist.

Julia Cameron tells me in her books, over and over again, the importance of walking half an hour a day …. but do I listen?  Why am I so stubborn? Perhaps, I don’t truly believe the good it would do me .Deep down,I  know,  I  just haven’t bought into this idea.  Some how, I need to trick myself into realizing the truth in the benefits of a daily walk.  Trick myself into a daily walk. A walk to the Italian market for a skin milk latte?  (This would be well over a half an hour walk.)  Like a horse with a carrot.

But,  I am smarter than that, I can see right through that trick!

Tricking yourself, is a little like tickling yourself.  Not very effective…

but if you could let yourself fall for it, suspend your disbelief for just a moment, you might end up enjoying it! You might end up loving it, waking in the morning in anticipation and perhaps, even, making excuses to get an extra half an hour in.  (I am talking about walking not tickling….I hate being tickled, no amount of suspend disbelief could change THAT).

So, really, wouldn’t I  actually be smarter or even wiser to allow myself to be tricked?

“I am just heading out to get a skim milk latte, I’ll be back in half an hour.”

Now, I have to admit, the above sentence doesn’t sound a bit like any walking, or  even excercise for that matter,  is involved at all. In fact, it almost sounds  like a pleasant activity!

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Oh, and I know, I haven’t done the draw yet for last month! I can’t believe that  we are into the second week of June already! I promise, tomorrow I will do it. It has just been so busy around here. But no more excuses. Tomorrow I will pick the winner .

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