Compassion

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It's here! It's here! My RebelXT is here. And yesterday being home alone, I sat for some self-portraits. So I know absolutely nothing about SLR's so these aren't so bad for a true beginner. These I took just after reading the guide that comes with the camera. Then I happened upon Rebel XT Lessons

Anyways...reading JC's book, and today it is about having compassion for oneself. I'll get to her assignment for today in a minute.

First, about me as an artist. I'm 28 days shy of turning thirty-five years old. When I look in the mirror, I see my fair-complexion and my double-chin. I'm working on losing weight. I've always been told I look much younger than I actually am and that one day I'll appreciate that. I just haven't always liked the part about people assuming I'm less mature because of how I look. I envy the women like Catherine Zeta-Jones who have a stunning mature look, I'm one year younger than her - and I can imagine standing next to her and feeling like a complete child. As an artist, I get to deal with these feelings and transform them through my creations. As JC says, "It is always this way with art. We say the unsayable and in saying it we name not only ourselves but also the human condition. By being willing to characterize our lives in art, we begin to have the character necessary to make living itself an art."

Her assignment for today: "Try this - most of us have been braver than we know, braver than we acknowledge. Take pen in hand and write yourself a fan letter, thanking and praising yourself for your courage. Be specific. Your inner artist is proud of you for your many accomplishments. Let this letter be a place to share that pride. Write fully and fondly, then mail yourself the letter." (p. 84, The Sound of Paper)

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Tea said...

Looks like you had plenty of fun with your new rebel.

melissa said...

fun self-portraits! cant wait to see all your pictures from you new rebel-you lucky duck ;)

SageHen said...

Self portraits, for some reason they are so much more fun than having someone take them for yourself. {I think it's the garbage feature?}
Congrats on your camera. Many happy trails to you!

Wendy Reed (Wishin4MoreTime) said...

Congrats on your new camera. It is awesome isn't it?

calemjess said...

congrats on your new camera......you are going to LOVE it!

Miranda said...

Congrats on the camera and what a great shots of yourself.