We have had a fantastic October. And much like our Halloween decorations….it is almost done. We have been working all week making our house awesome for Halloween. We have always felt that giving kids an experience to remember on Halloween is a great gift. It reaches far beyond all the mini Snickers, Twix, Milky Ways, and Three Muskateer’s reach. They remember the coolest parts of Halloween. As I add to the yard decor I remember all the times my family made great yard haunts. One year we even built our own Haunted House! My whole family was involved in making it happen. It was amazing. I will never forget that. Experiences usually win out over possessions. I have done a lot of giving today….I am not sure which one to claim as the official gift. I donated 5 dollars to charity, again….We got all dressed up and took Darwin to a Halloween Street Fair. I sincerely thanked someone for really decorating their house! And they did most of it homemade style, which I really appreciate! I got dressed up for Halloween (my least favorite thing to do…My costumes are never as good as they are in my head.) But even I believe that this participation is a gift to the people around you. You are doing something that sparks them to do something….to be creative. To enjoy their imagination. To play for a little while. What an incredible gift.
This painting was a lot of fun. Things have been so incredibly busy lately. Right around this time every year I start to feel down. I believe that I fight through seasonal effective disorder. It has been something I know that I have struggled with for many years. So today’s painting is my reminder that beauty lives in each and every moment. And I must remember that going into this year’s winter months. I know that giving daily will pull me through as well. With each gift I make I get recharged. Ready for battle…and not willing to be victimized. This bird is so colorful….and that represents the nature of all things. The entire universe in a single moment. Quite Zen don’t you think?