Friday, December 19, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Voices"

“Solitude is such a potential thing. We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition . . .”

Amelia E. Barr, 1831-1919 English Writer, Journalist. She wrote historical fiction such as Remember the Alamo (1888)

I've been going at such a pace these past few weeks, as many of you have I'm sure. However, at this time of year when all the presents have been bought & wrapped, and packages are bundled up and sent off to loved ones and any baking I managed to get done is tucked away in the freezer from the innocent nibblers around here *smile*, I tend to get introspective and seek solitude to look back over the past year.....did I achieve my goals? did I offer my time and talent when asked? what do I need to work on? where can I make improvements and finally.....will it matter in five years?

The answer to the last question is yes and no - working towards personal and professional goals does matter. Helping others and making a difference by giving of yourself (when you can't give monetarily, you can give in other ways) matters too. It makes you accountable, helps to give you direction and it's good karma. However, sweating the small stuff - everyone's 'stuff' is different, so whatever it means for you - won't matter much in five years. Give it a try.

Thanks for taking the time to visit - wishing everyone safe, healthy and Happy Holidays!


Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

What a wonderful quote. I really love your illustration. This is fabulous. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

lovely post and timely message!

Anonymous said...

I love the look of introspection on her face - it goes well with your post. I guess we all start doing some self evaluation around this time of year... the best you can do is know that who you are in the moment is not only enough, but also wonderful! Joy & Blessings to you... and Happy Holidays!

Susan Tuttle said...

You have been on my mind! This illustration is just gorgeous -- especially her eyes -- something very magical there!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Juan said...

Beautiful illustration!

studio lolo said...

wow, such a similarity in our illustration's this week! Great minds ;)
She's lovely, and I agree about her looking introspective.

So nice to hear from you! I hope you're enjoying Texas and settling in nicely.
Have a wonderful Christmas and all good things for the new year. I have to link you now so I won't forget to keep coming back!

valerie walsh said...

Beautiful girl and beautiful words! Happy Holidays Laura :)

° said...

cant say to much more then what everyone else has said before me except i agree with em. Have Merry Christmas

Sarall said...

Lovely color combination.