Friday, October 9, 2009
The Joy Diet...What do you desire?
I love the word 'desire'...it has a sort of sensual connotation, not sexual but sensory. Things that I desire arouse my senses, they can be visual or aromatic, they can delight my taste buds or be a joy to touch, they can be spiritual and make my heart sing.
So what do I desire? The list can be long and ever changing, depending on what I doing. The sights of nature, great architecture, artwork all delight my eyes. The scent of home baked bread, pumpkin pie, or even a fire burning are aromas that make me smile. My tastebuds awaken to coffee, sweet summer fruit or even deep dark chocolate. Crisp cool sheets, cashmere sweaters and my husband's touch are a comfort to my skin. My God and faith in all He offers bring peace to my heart. I desire all things that fill me with gratitude for this wonderful world we live in and for all of God's gifts.
While I am surrounded with so much that brings me joy I had a recurring theme in my search for what I desire this week. From the time I was a young girl to the present my heart has longed for a 'real' artist's studio. You know the kind, lots of space, beautiful natural light, ample storage and a great big farmhouse sink for cleaning my brushes. If not a fireplace then maybe a woodburning stove for heat and high vaulted ceilings. Oh, and maybe a loft area for daydreaming and cultivating my visions.
I have used a back porch to create my art, a bedroom corner, a spot on the table and currently a room in the basement. This room is by far the most spacious I've had and the storage is pretty good but the lack of windows is something I find stifling to my creative energy. It's funny how as the years have passed and I have continued to create in less than ideal locations my heart still longs for that 'studio'...the one in my dreams.
Will I ever get what I envision? I don't know. I only know that while other desires have taken hold of me , some fulfilled and some changing over time, this is ONE that is still the same, yet elusive.