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Ok! We’re ready to get started. Here’s catalyst number one:
Something that you lost. It could be something good like weightloss, or terrible like a person, or heartbreaking like a friendship.
Here’s some work from the amazing women in our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.
Just like that…Poof! My sense of femininity gone! My left leg has chronic swelling, which means the every day things I took for granted; flip flops, skirts, high heals, dresses, are no longer part of my life. And, though I feel a keen sense of loss, there is, also, healing and love.
Mine is not something I just recently lost. It’s something I lost over 20 years ago. The drawing is of a scale. It’s a tongue-in-cheek drawing of balance. I journaled around it about how I lost my balance in 1986 and still have not completely regained it. It’s a constant struggle. And, though my loss of balance is literal and physical, I know that I constantly struggle with different kinds of balance in my life - balance between family and work, balance between my husband and myself, balance with friends, and balance of self-care vs. caring for others, to name a few.
I am the girl behind the camera. I am the one who takes photos I capture the moments I preserve the memories. There was a time when I was in front of the lens. When I let people take my photo, but now when I see a photo of me I cringe. I see all the flaws all the fat all the ugliness. I lost the ability to see myself clearly. I can’t remember what it felt like to look at the photo and see me. I miss that.
I can still remember very clearly 3 years ago when Rainer came home one fine day, looking dejected and I feared for the worst. When he finally said “We lost everything!”, I felt a sharp pain tearing through my heart. We actually lost everything we had. I lost everything, everything that I have worked so hard for. I just felt my tears pouring down my face, crying silently. He hugged me and said “We still have each other and our son. All are not lost.”. That actually stopped me crying. Yes, I still have my family. Even though Rainer’s business failed badly, we lost all of our money but the thought of what was left, my son and my family was what comforted me. After 3 years, our lives couldn’t have been better now. We took a little step each day, we stood by each other and we re-build our lives again. We have weathered the worst and it makes us stronger each day. As for now, we are grateful and thankful we have one another.
Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “something you lost.” Give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. Remember this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.
Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.
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