After my total hip replacement last February, I literally had to start over with little baby moves and stretches to let my muscles and ligaments start working again. It was a long and slow process as I began to learn to walk again with my new hip. Almost like teaching a baby to walk! With help from a physical therapist, a nurse, and my sister, I began the process of healing.
A year later, I am fine, and yet I am still doing small movements to stretch those muscles that had atrophied. Now that I am back at the gym, I can feel my strength returning.
And yesterday, as we were snowed in, my sister was showing me some intense yin yoga stretches that you hold for two minutes. As you hold a pose, you can feel the “Ahhh” as your muscles begin to stretch. While I was holding a long and great pose, I thought of how I have to keep stretching myself as an artist to keep myself loose and to keep growing. Sometimes, it is a painful process to grow and stretch yourself, and as you do, you can feel that “Ahhh” as you learn new methods and figure out how to get that paint on the canvas the way you want!
And, sometimes, beginning again, is a good thing!
Here is a quote from Ray Chambers, a philanthropist who is creating programs to make our world a better place.
“Live in the moment
It's better to be loving than to be right
Be a spectator to your own thoughts, especially when you become emotional
Be grateful for at least one thing every day
Help others every chance you get.”
And let me know how you are doing!
"Bliss" 7 x 5
Oil on Ampersand Board