Monday, December 3, 2012

{this artwork, these words}

When I signed up for #reverb12 I thought I'd mostly respond to the prompts in my journal or in my thoughts.  But I've been feeling inspired to share my responses so far.

On Day 2 Kat asked "What was your most significant expenditure in 2012?  It doesn't have to be necessarily the biggest expenditure, just the one with the most impact."
@loudoch & I just bought ourselves this amazing artwork. It's been way too long since I've purchased original art.
The painting above was definitely my most significant spend in 2012.  It didn't cost a fortune, but it cost more than I had to spend at the time.  It was an investment in something much bigger than the piece itself.  The beginnings of a realisation that being an artist wasn't enough.  That I needed more.  That I needed to be able to support other artists, that I needed to be able to invest in art, in community, in a life bigger than my own.

Today Cam asked "What is one thing that you really wish to do that you just haven't had the chance to accomplish yet?"
"Not everyone can or will do that - give his specific fears and desires a chance to be of universal significance.  To do this takes a curious combination of humility, excruciating honesty, and (there's the rub) a sense of destiny or of identity.  One must believe that private dilemmas are, if deeply examined, universal, and so, if expressed, have a human value beyond the private..." Journal of a Solitude - May Sarton
 My response to Cam's prompt is in these words.  I wish to make a difference.  I want to use my humanity, my story, my journey as a way to connect with other human beings and be a force for good in the world.  And perhaps I already do.  But I want to do more of it, with more focus and more intent.

I love that a question about where I put my money and what I want to accomplish in my life essentially led me to the same place.  And I'm loving taking this time to reflect and connect the dots.

If you haven't joined in with #reverb12 there's still time.  All the details are here.


  1. I love that wish. It would be comforting to know that you've made a difference in this world once you've gone.

  2. Love your wish .... to make a difference .... awesome.

  3. Cathy, you ARE making a difference in this world, though you may not realize it yet, because I can certainly see how you INSPIRE so many bloggers here =-)

    I think sometimes, because we can't always see our impact on others with our actions, we believe that we are not making a difference, but our actions really DO make a difference, often more than we know, so keep up all the creative work you're doing here Cathy!!