Friday, August 24, 2012

Bent Trees and Gratitude


Some of you may have noticed I have been rather absent lately, both in blogging and in my visits to your beautiful blogs. Some of you also know I went through some health craziness a few years ago. Strangely enough, the crazy and rather massive infection I had from my appendix rupturing ... well, it turns out it had found a place to hide out for three and a half years from all those antibiotics I took! In my left fallopian tube!

Well, poor little tube couldn't take it anymore, and had become very inflamed and was also becoming quite painful. Before going in, we actually had no idea what was going on, just that there was something really weird looking on the ultrasound. (So that was scary.)

Anyway, out it came, just in time before the infection was able to get back into my system. Phew. I'm very lucky. It's four weeks out from the surgery and I am feeling really good now, just working on getting my energy back and thinking about maybe signing up for aTai Chi class. Something new! What do you think?

The gift that health scares give you is a re-boot in the perspective department, and clarity in the form of gratitude and appreciation. It's like the lens of a camera ... all of the sudden there is more depth of field and your sense of everything (life) becomes broader and clearer and in many ways, more beautiful. For that, I am so grateful.

I'm excited to get around to your blogs and see what you have all been up to! Hope you've all stayed cool this summer (unless it's your winter!) and have been healthy and happy and well!

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways
and they're still beautiful.
~Alice Walker

Umbrian Olive Grove, Assisi Italy
Pastel with oil underpainting



Blessings and light to you, my friends!

27 comments:

Candy said...

Lucinda, I'm glad that you're feeling better and you're ready for something new. Tai Chi? Sounds like fun!

Gorgeous olive grove.

Joyce said...

Oh my dear friend- I'm happy you are on the mends and caught things before the got out of control. Continue to rest and enjoy!! Big hugs...

Suzanna said...

So glad you're feeling better...what a relief to get it all cleared up...

ART-TRAVELLER said...

Very beautiful painting !!!
Have a nice and calm weekend !!!

ashok said...

you are a fantastic artist!

becky said...

Lucinda, wow, so this explains your disappearance... So sorry but glad for a solution and that you can get back to appreciating life and all it has to offer...I can relate to some degree, working to get back the use of my left hand after a serious crush of my wrist...it takes work but, as you say, creates a change in perspective and a broader appreciation for good health.
Hugs, Becky

Tito said...

Lucinda, I'm really happy that now you're feeling better and that your energies are back again! You are strong as the beautiful Umbrian olive trees you have painted, very nice work! Hugs!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I'm so glad you are on the road to better health. Life is precious and fragile and you are one who knows and appreciates this...much love and light Lucinda.

donna baker said...

Lucinda you're so sweet and I'm glad you are on the mend.

Loree said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better and are on the mend. Summer has been hot and cruel this year. Hopefully, cooler days are on the horizon.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Lucinda my dear, what a SCARE INDEED! But thank goodness it was not anything that could not be treated!!! PHEW INDEED!!!!!

I am so glad to see that you stopped by! What a wonderful summer we have had in every way. I am glad to know you are on your way to recovery. Many things bring a much better perspective on living, don't they?

Wishing you PEACE and good health as you find new ways to nourish your body, mind and soul!!! Anita

Ruthie Redden said...

Oh Lucinda, im so glad to hear that you are on the mend, you are so right about a health issue putting perspective o things, it really does make you grateful doesn't it. I am feeling grateful daily for my own returned strength & energies. I hope that your precious muse returns very soon. My huge inspiration board always works wonders for me.Take care sweetie x

Karena said...

Lucinda thank you so much for visiting me; I am so sorry for all you have been through. At least now I know I have not been alone!

I don't know what I would do without my friends and family; and especially all I have met through blogging!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments and support!!
Big hugs and love to all of you!!!

Victoria said...

Hello Lucinda, many warm, healing hugs..I am so happy to hear that you are ok! Stay strong and shine bright, hope you feel all sparkling and new once again! I love what you wrote..your words are beautiful and deeply insightful! yes health can truly re-ignite us back into balance! Wow..what an incredible piece..your art is always inspiring and powerful..totally gorgeous! I can feel the essence of it shining through!! Wonderful
Victoria

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful painting.

Cristina said...
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Cristina said...

Dear Violet, I'm sorry for what happened to you and I hope that with the phone inactivity all systems are good. Health is the most important thing because without it life is good and you lose interest in things, you are not free to do what you want.
I'm glad you found the problem and as I understand resolved.
A hug and a lot of good things for you and your life! Cri hello:)

Tammie Lee said...

hello,

i am so glad you figured out what was wrong and were able to fix it! good health to you, now and always.

such a beautiful landscape!!

so fun to hear from you while i am in Italy visiting my sister! Makes me smile to think of you and your love for Italy while I am here.

ciao bella ~

Leovi said...

Good composition of colors, lines and shapes. Really delicious this pastel with oil underpainting.

Marty said...

I'm very happy you feel better now !
your painting is wonderful ! trees can give us so much energy !
wish you lovely days ..... an sun in your heart !

JANE MINTER said...

so glad you are starting to feel better lucinda take good care ... your olives are beautiful ...ciao j

erin said...

lucinda, i am so glad you are on the mend...you are so young and beautiful and talented with a full life ahead...i am sending prayers and healing vibes your way for a continued recovery. love the painting AND all the super cool "pins" on pinterest...such a fun time suck, right? he he.
take care, sweets!
erin
xxoo

Theresa said...

I am so glad you are ok!!

Don said...

Man oh man! Glad things are looking brighter.

Helle Jørgensen said...

So glad to hear you are better and recovering. It's a wonderful feeling when the dark cloud of illness lifts. Lovely trees too!!

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you all for all your love and support!!!
Big hugs and love to all of you!!!!
:)