Pollard Willows With Setting Sun

Van Gogh

For your consideration…..

This picture is perfect for today. It is a Van Gogh filled with joy and HOPE. It is bright with color. We know it is of the setting sun only because it is titled so. It could just as well be of the rising sun. Van Gogh was a troubled painter filled with anxiety and emotion so this painting is particularly special. That he choose to paint willows makes it even more so because willow trees represent magic, healing and inner vision and dreams. Did Van Gogh know this or feel this?

We were led here today via a song. I find this hilarious because only yesterday in one of my classes we were asked if we were ever given messages through songs. Were we suddenly tuned into a song or part of a song where we knew the words were a message to us? Yes, this happens to me from time to time for myself and HOPE’s Rising. But it seems like it has been awhile. Then sure enough this morning all I keep hearing is the Elton John tune, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me.” In particular we are asked to consider these words…

All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I’m growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life

We are asked to reflect on our life. Are we in the hum drums? Are we coasting along? Are we settling? Are we living in color or black and white? Are we frozen? Is our sun rising or setting? (This is not an age question?) We have a choice. We always have a choice. We are asked to reflect on the song not because there is judgement but because maybe we are “frozen on the ladder of my lifeand we are just not aware of it.

Pause for a moment see the color around you. Absorb it. Feel the light of the sun. Absorb it. Feel your energy recharge. It is a new day full of your  HOPE.


Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……..

-Meditate. Focus on your energy. Release all that is negative and breath in positive energy.

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-If it is too cold to sit or stand outside for a moment, sit in a window and feel the sun. Close your eyes and feel it warm and fill you with its energy.


What made me smile yesterday…..

-I worked at our club. Lots of characters. Lots of laughs.

-Alex joyous.

-Shannon was able to find a place for vacation. Wahoo. Now I better get moving.


Love, Blessings and Gratitude,



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