Oh the Beauty of Us

Closing eye lids; like peering out of open panes,
into the infinite expanse of experience.
Would you have me dream of anything else?

Were I anything but free,
Rise and rise again I would,
I’d long to feel your heart’s
magnetic resonance at my finger tips.

To ease into your soft lungs,
as your bronchioles feed me to your alveoli,
to give love to your life,
as thy blood delivers oxygen
to the farthest reaches of your body.

To follow along as your impulses jump the synapses
and watch the beauty o’ your mind unfold into time,
till they enfold on me and kiss mind once again in mine.

To know I am, and I do.
The beauty of us, is you.

Rose A Day – 29

Isn’t it just fulfilling and inspiring as the sun
when the universe seems to align with our strides,
and we become aware of all the trials’ worths
– IV

Just keep going. Keep moving onward. These moments are meant to raise your spirits and take you through all the difficulties still ahead. This journey is your greatest task. You are searching for the greatest treasure one may uncover in the universe. What is it? Here’s a few hints… It’s not as far off as you think it is. It isn’t guarded by any malevolent beasts. Only you can attain it. Only you may grasp it.

This journey your on leads to yourself. It’s what all the heroes in the myths ultimately find out. They left ‘home’ to go out and bring back their true self. To unearth the confidence in their own becoming and growth. They learned of their weaknesses, took risks to overcome them, and reached great heights. Maybe they slayed a few demons along the way. That’s just code for ‘we all have our problems’. What could be more valuable, more beautiful, than becoming you, the best you possible? Trust that there is no greater sensation than being you.

Who has a greater chance at success… The person who never found themselves or the person who is absolutely confident in who they are? This is your life. This is your art. You have to go down into the deep dark cave and bring back that great treasure. You are the hero of your own story. This is all up to you. Others are here to support you, as I am, but the work has to be done by you. Now look to the positives, what did you do well today? Remember everyone is on a journey of their own, so don’t be afraid to throw some encouragement to out.

Did you go after that goal today? Tomorrow is a new day to put in more work or tonight if that is when you get the time to do it! Be hungry to improve, do your best, and know you will get there with persistence.

Rose A Day – 28

Every act you take is a chance for art in some way,
to breathe and exhale through your very essence.
– IV

I hope you’ve been breathing lately. Exhaling too! Any time you act it is a chance for art to seethe out of you, to spill from your mind to reality, and flow into the world around you. This is where seeing the beauty comes into play. You are creating your greatest masterpiece with each breath. What is it? Yourself!

You are a wondrous work of art. A magnificent work capable of weathering a harsher storm than your typical piece. You are the creative process. You are imagination. You are mind. It all pours from you. The process in which you act is the art of yourself. How are you painting your life?  Remember to choose your hues wisely. You either paint the beauty or you paint the chaos. Take careful consideration in this. I like to use a little dash of chaos every so often, but you have to make that decision. You’re very important. Such an important piece of art deserves the greatest attention, and APPRECIATION!

Where are you heading on your journey? It’s okay not to be sure. That’s what is great about being a dynamic work of art ;). You can change. You can go another way. Mixed media anyone? Find the beauty in everything. Look for the positives, look to grow, and keep the cool.

Rose A Day – 27

Gone forever,
I lament my bleeding soul,
gone for the better I know,
for my heart has grown.
– IV

Well isn’t that the truth? Every thing we allow to pass is an experience from which our soul can grow. It isn’t always easy, but it is a necessity. We can’t hold onto the beauty around us. Holding only keeps it from being free and truly alive. Remove the constant fear of loss. How much more beautiful is something when we don’t worry about grasping it?  How about when what we appreciate chooses to be near to us? Be patient. Don’t be in any rush. These things take time. Learn to navigate the things you feel. Direct yourself towards acceptance of you in the present moment. Work towards what you want, but understand that you are only happy if you choose to be. You see what you want. It’s easier said than done of course, but you aren’t going to let that stop you right?

Go on just say it. You choose happiness or you choose excuses. What good has an excuse ever done you? They only keep you from attaining your best and brightest moments. You might be good now, but how much better could you be if you stopped letting all the excuses you hold onto go? Have you found what you want to put time and energy into when you are alone?

Have you MADE the time (No matter how small) to explore the shore of what it has to offer? Would you turn down 15 minutes of walking on the most beautiful beach you could conceive of? HELL NO, YOU WOULDN’T. So why turn down any amount of time to do what brings you joy?

Stop disillusioning yourself. We don’t all get the ‘perfect’ life. Perhaps for the rest of my life I’ll only find 60 minutes a day to draw and write to you. Should I stop knowing I’ll never get to do more than that? What do you think? I know my choices. Now make yours.

When you get to the end of this day ask yourself, “What did I do well today?” Look for those positives. Build that momentum in your life. Soon enough you’ll be expecting to do better so you’ll have more to reflect on. This alone will get you exceeding expectations. Fan that fire baby. See your beauty, feel it around you. Stay cool!


Times the Quiet Soothes

There are times I should speak,
but often the feel of silence in
your presence is enough for me.
Be this time for words though I shall proudly say

We all start out blank,
Pristine as a white rose,
and by our shared experiences
and garnered appreciations,
fill with color as varied and vivid
as the hearts and minds of those we love
And this does little to illuminate
the color you have warmed and awakened in me.

Rose A Day – 26

As in nature,
so it is in life,
we create,
our own shadows.
– IV

When you look at your physical shadow, it is you that casts it. You tower high, and upon the ground you lay a darkness. It is inevitable. You can’t escape it. The shadow without. We learn early on that it is part of us. We even play with the shadows as children. Since the physical shadow can’t be hidden and by default is visible to all, it is intuitively understood by everyone.

There is indeed another shadow that is part of us that doesn’t get the attention it needs. The shadow within. The dark corners of our consciousness we often neglect.  It is something many hide their entire lives. There is so much to learn about ourselves in these places. When we stop fearing what we might find, when we start to embrace the dark and merge it with our light in healthy avenues, we expand our perspective. We stop running and start learning to paint with all the hues possible.

This journey we’re on is not all flat leveled terrain. There will be times when you look up to see the sun upon the horizon only to find you can’t see the light. You might will find yourself lost in the dark.. This isn’t reason to be afraid. Remember that you indeed are your own light. You are responsible for what you see, what you feel, and the beauty you create. Take a look at the rose. Without the shadows it falls of what it could be. Without the shades it isn’t what it could become. Just like YOU, the whole is GREATER than the sum of the parts! You can do so much more if you embrace all of you, and know all of you!

Continue to make the effort to travel far and wide, but remember somethings we seek are right under our noses. You can do this. What’d you do well today? Look for the positives. You’re a beautiful spiral galaxy, take the time to investigate all you have to offer.

Rose A Day – 25

When you come to know that you are everything,
You can in turn have everything in your palm.
– IV

It’s interesting to think that you are a piece of the universe on it’s own journey. You are literally as important as everything else that exists. You matter. You literally are matter too! Everything is made up of the same building blocks more or less. What sets us apart, what determines how bright we shine, is how we act, how we create, how we give! More importantly is how we perceive ourselves. If you see yourself as worthy of life, of love, then you will in turn give so much more to yourself, and naturally to those around you.

You are the universe. You are you. Amazing and capable. Full of potential. It’s all waiting to pour from your soul, and flow from your mind. Get out there and create for yourself the beautiful world that awaits. This beauty is in every stretch of your existence. It runs through your veins thicker than the blood within them.

Don’t deny yourself the imago dei. Your soul is calling. Your connection to the universe draws like gravity. It’s all in your palm. Just like the rose, it is all contained in how you perceive that which is around you, and how you pull from it whatever you wish to see. Choose beauty. Choose your art. Choose you.

Lovely as always and strong as the Sun’s rays. That’s you.

Rose A Day – 23

Words need not be said,
When the heart feels,
Intuitive design planned,
to take leaps,
and crush bounds
– IV

You know what is best. You know the right choice for your own growth. It is usually the thing you don’t want to do because it requires facing the mirror. It requires accepting that you have to change. This is hard. Most remain forever in flux around this point once they have reached it. They stagnate. They do themselves a huge disservice by holding back from becoming their best.

Go ahead and trust what is in the mirror. Take that feeling, and take the leap of faith. You have all the reason to believe in yourself. You were born to become great. You have it in you to overcome all the obstacles in your path.

Take some time to think about the positives of today. What did you do well? Always the positives. It takes time and commitment. Constant effort. Keep it up. Hone your craft, create your art, raise yourself higher.

Stay beautiful, you’re so cool.



Rose A Day – 24

I’ve caused chaos, I’ve turned destruction,
and in the end I will be the reason for creation
– IV

Sometimes you’ve got to be the chaos in order to survive. Sometimes you’ve got to unleash whatever it is you’ve got inside, and not be afraid to burn down the forest. When the embers cool, new growth will find its way through the ash. New life will begin. You can’t be afraid to walk away from all your efforts in one direction. If it’s time to start fresh then so be it.

Remember we have to step back every now and then and make sure we are aligned, thoughts with actions. We may even need some new thoughts at some point! Don’t be afraid to be a little destructive. Keep your eyes on what you are attempting to create.  Move in that direction. You’ll arrive a step closer each day.

I wanted to do something in terms of color today. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I just had to use color. I’m not sure I’ve finished this one so for now it is a work in progress. We’ll see how it turns out. No matter what, I’ve made the decision to be ready. You’re ready too. We’re ready as we will ever be.

Enjoy these moments. Stay beautiful , stay cool.

Rose A Day – 22

I’ll take what’s in the mirror,
I’ll be your pool, throw in me whatever you wish,
I will swallow your confusion and give light to that I can.
– IV

You are incredible. Magnificent. You are the universe. That’s right. You make it up just as much as anyone/anything else. You see what you look for. Everything I see is beautiful. I’m doing all in my mind’s power to see what could be, and make it so. I’ll take anything and do my best to make it what it deserves to become.

That’s what you have to do. You can’t sit there and say, “I just don’t see what I want.” You can see anything you’d like with your mind! So why not do that? Instead of dreading what you don’t want to see, shift your sight to what you do want to see. Start envisioning it now. Then figure out what must be done, and start taking steps in that direction.

This is what it means to be a creator. You decide that you can no longer contain the urge to make something. It compels you to act! I drew with my left hand today. It took a little more focus, but it came out wonderful. Why is that? I made sure to envision where I wanted to go. I knew what I was looking to do. So even if I wasn’t completely in my element, I was prepared and committed to accomplish what I set out towards. The result? This beautiful rose. I imagine some tiny new connections were created in my brain too!

Try something out of your element tomorrow. Tonight even, if you still think you can make the time. Surprise yourself with whatever you do. Find the joy in taking these steps. I assure you good things are coming.


Did you do your best today? Tomorrow is a new day to go at it again.
I know it’s not simple or easy, but it can be done. Remember to smile!