Walls and gratitude

Technical difficulties can be like a wall.  You bump into it and suddenly you are aware of how much you depend on that wall not being there.  But, there it is, and you have to get by it somehow.  
My computer’s power supply died, so it is in the shop getting a new one.  Meanwhile, I’m learning a couple of things about myself.
You know, walls can be a good thing, too.  Isn’t this old barn wall pretty?  I love the texture of the old paint, the weeds that have grown up on it and withered in the sun, the space between those old boards that make me wonder who is looking at who….  
Here’s another good thing about coming up against something, like a wall or a computer that won’t work.  I found time that I thought I didn’t have.  Time to journal a bit, catch up on some reading, even clean the room where I create and do my blogging.  Trust me, it needed cleaning.
I looked at the clean room when I was finished this morning, and saw all this artwork and all the printed photos laying about that I have intentions to do something with.  It occurred to me that it looks like the room where an artist creates……only I’m the artist.  
It’s scary to say that, but I said it anyway.  My friend Julia shares one of her beautiful poems about this very thing on her website.  Her work encourages me. 
So today I’m actually grateful for a computer that is in the repair shop, for my dear hubby who allowed me to use his laptop to write this, for old barns just begging to be photographed, and for proverbial walls that show me just what is important.  Thanks to you for taking time to read this.

6 Replies to “Walls and gratitude”

  1. I enjoyed reading your post and your friends poem. Sometimes it is difficult to find a balance with technology…it sucks me in. I am learning to keep blogging fun, no pressure, no deadlines, especially when there are other things to be done.
    That said, the wall photos is beautiful!

  2. Loved your analogy of the barn wall and the proverbial walls we run up against in our lives. Sometimes I wish that my computer or power or something would be gone for awhile…I really think I would get some things done that need attention. Lovely post, Deb.

  3. LOVE LOVE THIS!! So sorry to hear about your computer, I have been there you know. The house gets cleaned more, time for lots of arts, just sitting and doing NOTHING!! Enjoy these quiet days and enjoy watching the beginning of fall coming into season. Take some great pictures to capture what you were doing right now oh and maybe some artsy/messy creative time would be FUN!!

    I enjoyed the writing about the wall and the awesome image to represent it.

  4. Setbacks often have lessons for us — sounds like you made lemonade from those lemons. Congrats on standing up and saying it – You are an artist! Enjoy your clean workspace!

  5. What a wonderful post and image. It is true how much we depend upon this technology to fill our days. And it does provide so much that enhances our lives – important connections that make our world so much wider. And yet, time spent without can lead us to important revelations about ourselves – like recognizing that we are, indeed, an artist.

  6. That old barn wall is beautiful.

    Deb, I so love the way you see beauty in ordinary things and capture that beauty in your own, perfect, unique Deb way.

    It warms my heart to know that I encourage you…what's there not to encourage..you are so precious, so perfectly you.

    Sending so much love your way. It's good to be here–I have missed your voice–you. Love.

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