Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Finding Peace

This is what I challenged my blog pals to write about and it was also my theme for the day. Last night was spent dealing with misunderstandings and frustration and I felt the need to release it all today. Don't worry, all is fine! Friendships and business dealings in the virtual world are as fraught with drama as those in the "real" world. But they have the added impediment of not being able to read body language or vocal inflections. So meanings can get lost, words can be misunderstood, and feelings can get hurt. And the waiting for email can be agony. But it does come, and if you are patient, problems do get solved.

So today I needed to relax, and remember who I am. And who my kids are. In some ways, I am lucky that it's pouring rain today. Normally having the kids penned up all day would drive me to distraction. But today, I needed to focus on them and play a bit. Did you know that the Candyland game can last virtually forever if you continually get the wrong cards? And that jumping on the bed is good for your health? (So Emma informs me.) We've had fun.

Stepping back and regrouping is good for everyone I think. It is so easy to get fixated on a little issue until it is all you can see or think about. I have found scrapbooking to be such a great creative outlet and it allows me to get down all my memories and emotions. I love sharing these stories with friends and family. Lately I've also been doing a private art project along different lines. I thought I'd share what I created today in honor of the Finding Peace theme.

Journaling: Finding peace within myself, letting go of unimportant details, paying attention to me, and my family, things that can make me happy. Like rain, and flowers, and kisses!

I hope you all are having a peaceful day, and are remembering what's really important in life.

12 comments:

glynis said...

Beautifully said and beautiful creation, Meg! You always seem so peaceful, especially when writing about your children--even during all the mayhem they sometimes bring!

Laura Lou said...

This is just a wonderful post. I loved the addition of your "project" and hope it helps bring more peace.

loonyhiker said...

Okay, I'm jumping on the bed as soon as I get off the computer. That sounds like fun!!! I loved your project. It looked wonderful.

Stacey said...

That is beautiful! I wish I had a bed I could jump on. We have a futon on wooden slats...no bounce.

Karen said...

Great post Meg. And I love that altered book.

heather said...

I have tied myself in knots a couple of times over online things - once I thought I'd said something that might be taken the wrong way - you're right it is SO tricky without the body language, written words can seem so much harsher than words spoken in context, or be misinterpreted. Glad it's all sorted out now, and it's great to have your children and family to find peace with :)

faery-wings said...

wonderful post and beautiful LO. And did you know that it is almost impossible to "throw" Candyland??It really can go on forever. LOL
Peace truly can be found in the hugs and kisses and smiles of your kids.

Judyy said...

Thanks so much for sharing these sentiments and your beautiful artwork with us, Meg. It can be so hard to gain perspective when we get bogged down in irritating details. So glad you found a way to get re-centered!

Tink said...

A beautiful art project and wonderful blog. Loved reading every word of it. A fine reminder that we all need to take time for ourselves.

Zephanee said...

Such a gorgeous layout! I agree that it's always important to find time to appreciate all that we have. It makes the bad times go much smoother.

Jane said...

Wonderfully written :o) I didn't blog about peace because I haven't quite found mine yet :o)

ArtcMom said...

Meg- you're amazing! Thanks for the little reminder to focus on important things. And you are especailly right about "those" e-mails....they can be nightmares.