Sunday, July 20, 2008

CREATIVE DREAM IS FOREVER

"Dreams do not have an expiration date." From a 41 year old mother

IN JOY AND IN SORROW Real life as we know it is not always like a Disney fairy tale. Real life is more like a journey full of detours and sometimes dead ends along the way. Below is a photo of myself and Cely (a close cousin) during one joyful times in our backyard. She bought this oil painting "Reflections By The Lakeside" from me about a year and a half ago. I am sure this peaceful painting calmed her during difficult times. Last November I featured her on my blog because she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then she went through weeks of chemotherapy with no energy. The story of her survival and recovery is a very inspiring story.
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH We continued to connect despite of her illness. Last week, I mentioned on my blog that Cely's comment was the best so far. Let me share again her comment and e-mail. "Dreams do not have an expiration date," said the 41 year old mother who just recently qualified for Olympic team for swimming. She won over the girls half her age." I would say that inspiration does not have an expiration date either. If I start dreaming, I get inspired, then I am able to create something. That is why life is never boring.
E-MAIL FROM CELY "Having worked as a chef for years, one of my jobs every morning was to check the expiration dates of all the foods in the kitchen. I was really impressed when that swimmer said that dreams do not have expiration date. In spite of all the things that have happened to me I have not stopped dreaming, creating and being inspired. This summer I have spend so many hours outside in the garden, meditating and always in awe to find new sprouts everyday. As Dave (my husband) would say "No weed is safe in my sight." I have taken so many pictures of all the flowers, birds and butterflies. To some people this might be boring. I do not do this just to pass time.....this is part of my healing. It reassures me over and over that God cares for me. Thanks for including my comment in your blog. I hope that people will continually be inspired"

14 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

My prayers are with your cousin. This is a beautiful post. I love the photo of the two of you, too. You look so happy.

Ebb Tide said...

Sandy-thanks for your prayers and comment.

Aspiring artist said...

Your lakeside painting is gorgeous.

Ebb Tide said...

AA- This painting is inspired by a trip to Lake Tahoe. It's a gorgeous and calm place to relax and forget our problems in life.

arcelsuley@aol.com said...

As always ,I wake up every morning drinking my coffee ,going in the backyard and listening to all the birds singing,"Great is thy Faithfulness "and thru out the day as I walk in the garden ,the birds in unison keeps on singing the refrain,"and He walks with me and he talks with me and tells me I am his own;and the joy we share as we tarry there;none other has ever known"
Dara Torres is the 41 year old mother.You can goggle her.She has a remarkable story.
Thank you for the blog.That picture of both of us really looks good.The painting is hanging in our guest room;the room I spent my time recuperating.

Anonymous said...

It certainly has been a most difficult year for my wife, Arceli, and myself. However, we together have found much joy and peace even within these dark and often scary times of her surgery and chemo-therapy for breast cancer. We discovered the faithfulness of a loving God and the love and support of our family and friends. But I think one thing helped me in my journey with Arceli. I kept reminding myself of the insightful words of my favorite author, Willa Cather.
"It's silly to live for little things. Living's too much trouble unless you can get something big out of it!" Her words constantly challenged me to look at the bigger picture - Arceli's love for me and of God's faithfulness to both of us -and not to sweat the little stuff. And that insight has made all the difference and placed everything in its proper perspective.
David-

Ebb Tide said...

Cely-once more thanks for your comment and supporting my blog. I am glad you find inspiration through my blog and healing through my painting.

Ebb Tide said...

Hi Anonymous-I know who you are. Thanks for the wonderful comment and sharing your insight regarding Cely's illness. As always everything works together for good to them who love God.

Ligaya said...

Sometimes, I am discourage that my dreams stay unfulfilled. Thank God they have no expiration date. Someday my dreams will come true.

Ebb Tide said...

Ligaya-we should never give up on our dreams. That someday will come.

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

you are a great writter and thanks

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

natures way
live,reproduce,die
gods way
live reproduce,do good works,die

Ebb Tide said...

LLoyd-thanks for that uplift.

Ebb Tide said...

Lloyd-thanks for those lines. I like God's way - live,reproduce and create good works like beautiful arts. Our art works will continue to live one when we are no longer around.