I tell people I strive to be ZEN in my approach to living as a cancer survivor. I'd like to say that applies to a aspects of my life but in all honesty, that wouldn't be true. Take for example, preparing for Open Studios. Well, first of all, I developed a horrific cold last week. Since I'm still taking Chemo meds which lower your immune system, colds can be detrimental. Pneumonia is a common result of ordinary colds. So, I called my doctor and had them prescribe antibiotics just in case what I had was not viral. Okay, set.
Now to recover. I've been out of the studio for 6 days. In my previous life, this would have sent me for a double dosage of anti-anxiety meds. No time to loose it and besides it's worse for my health. Today, Tuesday, I am finally going into the studio to do what I can with the little time left to prepare for Friday. My paintings are finished. I have some folk art and jewelry to finish. I will try to finish what I can today. What more can I do? I have no control to change days lost, improve my recovery time or create more work by working through the nights, getting more tired, stressed out, blah, blah, blah.
Hmmmm, now that I write about this, I guess there's a little bit of Zen in my life. Here's a ZEN definition: Zen is the peace that comes from being one with an entity other than yourself. When I read this I think that my cold, my nervousness about preparations, quantity and yes quality of work really are not all that important in the big world picture. I'll get through this and I am not alone. If I'm not well enough by Open Studios, I'll make preparations. Life will go on and these preparations are not worth creating drama. My life is not even a speck in the universe and I'm okay with that!
Now, need to get out of here and on to studio!
But before I depart, another reminder....
|Rojo - acrylic on canvas, 24 X 30 - new in Bountiful series|
Its time again for Spring Open Studios in the Mission. I have new paintings, folk art and jewelry to share with you! Please join me this weekend as hundreds of artists in the Mission open their studios to share their amazing work! Details below.
Spring Open Studio's at 1890 Bryant (btwn 17th and Mariposa) - Studio #318, 3rd Floor, on way to restrooms - so convenient!
Opening Event - Friday Apr 19 - 6pm-9pm
Sat & Sun - Apr 20-21 - noon-6pm