Christmas Wish List

As an artist, I’m always wanting the newest watercolor paints, upgrade my brushes, new paper, and other new and shiny tools of the work. I can understand why teens want the newest iPhone.

As I thought about my Christmas Wish List I realized that there were other gifts I wanted for Christmas. I have listed some of these in this week’s blog and not particularly in any order.

  1. The Gift of Wonder: Wonder is defined as: the feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. I hope that this gift is received every year.To stand in front of the unopened box and wonder what is inside, could any gift be any better?
  2.  The Gift to Seek. Albert Einstein wrote that “in the pursuit of truth and beauty we must remain children all our lives. Einstein recognized the need for us to seek after the true and beautiful as children.
  3. The Gift of Time and Focus. To slow down and see the world both at ground level and in the expanse of the universe. Be attentive to the outside landscape and appreciate the interior landscape.
  4. The Gift of Passion. Passion defines what we MUST do, not what we can or want to do. When we feel passionate about something, we are driven to accomplish our goals, no matter the obstacles in our way. Passion is what you absolutely must do-even if you have to suffer to do it.
  5. The Gift of Learning. Learning is joyful. Da Vinci said, “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” Learning promotes understanding and understanding something brings more satisfaction and joy than almost anything else. The gift of learning is to strive to learn more and understand more. Learning stimulates does not deplete.
  6. The Gift of Family. Who else can you turn to when weary, frustrated, exhilarated or just in need of “grounding.” Family gifts come in all sizes and colors and give the gift of love to be received and to be given.

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

Happy Holidays to you all.