I was compelled to pull down my copy of Ordinary Sparkling Moments from its shelf yesterday. Are you familiar with this book? I've longed considered Christine Mason Miller to be a wise soul and this book is about living an ordinary life (full of ups, downs, big moments and small) with a desire to make individual moments full of rich meaning. Sure, she shares her own experience and loving insights about healthy communication, periods of change/growth, relationships, the power of receiving and an importance of the willingness to redefine ourselves regularly. The heart of the matter for any of the above, however, is that a single, seemingly mundane moment is special because you decide to make it so; that it’s in all the little things that the larger story of your life gets told. I love how inspiring this book in a way that brings me home each time I browse through it—even if it’s just a few pages.
As I was revisiting the book yesterday, I paused at one of my favorite spreads in the book, only today it felt different that it had previously.
So there it was. Again. “Surrender.” Surrender, let be, receive . . .these are the words that return to my mind over and over lately. I’m learning that, as it turn out, handing over my worries, stresses, frustrations to the Divine actually does result in peace, ease and abundance. Of course I’ve always heard this, but hadn’t given the practice a fair try until recently. And I’m happy to report back that as skeptical as I’ve been about it, once I found the longing to be free of some hefty emotional challenges, greater than my skepticism (in other words, I was desperate), I was able to give it a true effort and . . . I can report back that surrendering works.
When I find myself in need of being reminded of something, I love creating word art (stitching, painting, paper cutting, temporary tattoos . . . it doesn’t matter) to drive the inspiration home into my innermost consciousness. And because I’ve been inspired lately by the letterform instruction of Jen Wagner, I wanted to do something in that vein with the word surrender. Wall art it was.
I cut a piece of paper to the size of the frame and practiced my word.
Then I centered it with the frame and traced it in pencil onto fabric.
From there, I ironed it, outlined everything in fabric pen . . .
And finally, painted the letterforms in fabric paint.
Simple word, simple art, powerful reminder.