Facing the Future

Facing the Future- Acrylic on canvasboard

Facing the Future- Acrylic on canvasboard

Standing on the lessons of my past;

Releasing what no longer serves.

Bravery and readiness in measure.

Openness in abundance.

Susan Korsnick 2016

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Seeds of Change

I recently heard “You can’t plant a 100-year-old oak tree because seeds of change take time”.  That saying connects to my last post where I referred to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings & endings, who had two faces- one looking to the past & one looking to the future.  The perfect guy to inspire “January”… the month of reflecting while facing a new year.  Hmmm, perhaps my name should be Janice as I, too, spend time learning from my past & trying to improve my future… (sometimes to the detriment of enjoying the present).

Don’t get me wrong; I’m wholeheartedly grateful for the many blessings in my life… there are so many!  But I want to continue to grow… which takes us back to the “seeds of change” metaphor.  Seeds need nurtured with patience & tender loving care.  In other words, good things just take time.  I think back on skills I’ve mastered like drawing & organic gardening.  I was patient with myself & kept trying (even as I made many mistakes).  I also think back on the seeds I didn’t cultivate like being fluent in a second language & learning to dance.  We have to be patient & persevere as we decide what to plant & how best to tend it.  It will pay off as we watch our seeds grow into saplings then mighty oaks.

With 2012 fast approaching, ask yourself what seeds do you want to plant?  What do you want to cultivate in your life?  I hope to nurture my important relationships, adopt a rescue dog who needs love as much as I need to give it, & spend more time doing the things I enjoy.  I look forward to sharing more artwork with you as well as news about a womans’ spirituality workshop I’m leading for the first time this spring.   We are, at once, the gardener tending the seed & the seed itself.  May your roots hold you close to the earth while you reach for the sky.

Out with the Old, In with the New

I have a philosophy.  If I don’t clear out the old; there isn’t room for the new.  Do you know what I mean?  I want to surround myself with what inspires me NOW… the things I love NOW.

The artist in me loves to try new things, go to new places, & meet new people.  As such, I tend to accumulate things from my travels.  Over time, some of these things don’t reflect who I am anymore.  I keep adding to what I possess without letting anything go.  Recently, I found myself looking around my home of 6 years at the shelves & closets full of “stuff”.  Stuff I don’t wear anymore.  Stuff I don’t read anymore.  Stuff I’m just not interested in anymore.  So, why is this stuff still cluttering my life?!  Time to make room for the new.  It wasn’t an easy task, but this summer I donated boxes of books, knick knacks, & clothing to Goodwill in the hope these items will matter to someone else.  I felt like I had taking a deep cleansing breath & sighed out.  It was refreshing!!  Literally, I felt freer.

That hard work paid off!  My home is now my sanctuary.  It’s the warm, welcoming place that I’ve created for myself & those I love.  Your home is the ultimate expression of your Self so the objects you surround yourself with should be meaningful.   What no longer serves you?  What things symbolized you in the past but don’t represent you any longer?  What needs to be released so something new can arrive?  Clear your space.  You’ll feel positive energy & inspiration flow 🙂