Happy New Years, dear readers, I pray your new year will be filled with blessings of health and happiness. I know I am looking forward to what life brings and the opportunities I will seize!
Today's challenge over on SCS is the Featured Stamper. It is a day to recognize one stamper by perusing their gallery and creating a card in honor of the FS. For the first challenge of 2009, it's none other than HER Royal Rubberness, Julie Ebersole! Here is my card based on one you can find in this link.
I am reading a delightful book called, Path of the Pearl, which you can find at Amazon. I 'happened' upon it at my favorite bookstore last weekend. I knew there would be words of encouragement within for me. Little did I know, I would need the words of wisdom contained therein so soon. I received some disappointing news this week that I know has a deep life lesson within. We all are such shells on the outside, looking pretty, but if we look inside, would we be truly be happy with what we see? I know being a girl and not playing sports ( I am of that era when the opportunities for girls was not in sports), I never learned to accept losing gracefully and even really how to face rejection. But I need to learn that lesson, even at this stage in my life.
Pearls are created as a result of an intrusion, an injury, an irritant. How the oyster deals with this was of great interest to me. Fellini said, " All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography". Something so beautiful coming from an injury. And with me...I will take rejection and let it coat me with a layer of nacre. So I can grow and have more depth and be on the inside what I am on the outside.
As the author of the Path of the Pearl writes, "Like the pearl, our splendor is formed of life's obstacles." How about you? Can you see the beauty you truly are?