Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe

Today is family day in some parts of Canada. We are all part of a family even if we aren’t speaking to any of them. If that is the case today would be a good day to pick up the phone.

We always need forgiveness in our lives because we do stupid things that hurt people without thinking, and they do stupid things without thinking that hurt us. If we can realize we aren’t perfect and don’t expect others to be perfect can we get along?

It is a good day to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, take a coffee break and spend time with people we love, or make a phone call or three. Let’s be honest, for some of us, we are fitting things in we haven’t gotten done. Today, I am planning to finish uploading my next children’s book to Amazon, “Krypto Goes To Puppy School,” which will be published on March 7, 2023. But, will fit in some family time too.

It is a great time to be a creative person. We don’t have to make our own paints or stretch our own canvasses, and putting our work out into the world has never been easier. We can watch artists’ videos to learn how to be better artists. Almost anything can be learned online, and some of it is available for free.

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. Paulo Coelho

Being creative is a gift we give ourselves by using the gifts we were given. Robert Burridge is an American artist who has videos on YouTube that are worth watching. Like Bob Ross, I can see people watching him who will never put a paintbrush on canvas because he is uplifting and having such a good time. When I am eighty I still want to be excited about my next creation.

Yesterday an artist, Robert Barron whose art is more useful was featured on TV; he’s also eighty and makes prosthetics for people who have been disfigured from cancer, accidents, or whatever. He used to make disguises and realized if he could make people look like someone else, he could make them look like themselves again. His art gives people back their lives.

With retirement looming for many of us, rekindling creativity may be what brings a spark to our lives. Finding a creative outlet lets us play and enjoy creating for the sheer joy of it. When we are happier our families are happier being around us.

Life is what we make it, and creativity is all about making something, a cake, quilt, painting, song, birdhouse, garden, or whatever comes to mind and it will give us a sense of satisfaction and joy.

For family day maybe we can make a memory.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. Anthony J. D’Angelo

There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. Mark Twain


Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you will come back and read some more. Have a blessed day filled with gratitude, joy, and love.