reverb: Gift

* Photo mine; gift wrapped by Lorraine of PaperBird~

December 30 – Gift

Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?   author:  Holly Root

Gift of self, that sounds odd, I know, but so many people have talked me out of my dreams. I was made to feel,like it was a lottery ticket chance.This past summer, I had a scare that woke me up. It made me realize I didn't want to wonder, when I'm old n' gray,wonder, "What If".  I started talking more courageous steps and put myself out there, I sent art submissions, I started writing poems. What did I have to lose?  Fear had kept me, from moving forward. Fear, that I wasn't good enough, that started when I was talked out of going to college, for what I wanted to do.  I allowed it to happen, but the creative side of me, assessed this talk, as they didn't think I was good enough. My family, my roots didn't believe in me. It could of gone the other way, I'll show you, but I didn't.  I guess, I feared what if they are right, what will I do for work, what will become of me.... so I went the safe route and went to a Business college instead.  My life as a military spouse, all the moving has made a career difficult. I have worked, but when you evaluate my resume and see the time line of changed jobs, questions arise. This causes a lot of  employers, to be discouraged in hiring me. Train her and she will leave, not a great investment. Some took a chance on me and I enjoyed those jobs, but I always felt a void.

I know in the grand scheme of things, we can't always have our dream job. I fwe attempt to do what we love in small doses or volunteer in those facets, we find aspects of joy and life is more positive and happy!  Give yourself the gift of passion, even if it is in small doses. A class, a behind the scenes format, volunteer doing something you love, try it out. Enter the worlds you would like to be part of. When we have our foot in the door of the world we dreamed off, sometimes it is enough. 

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein


Hi Ellen/Ella,
Just thought I'd look you up from Crescendoh. What a lovely blog you have here! So wonderful to follow a number of our dreams in many different ways!
Ellen aka Ella said…
Hi Tracie-My name is Ellen, but my brother nicknamed me Ella, either one is fine. Thank you so much and it is fun you stopped by. I am so excited about this online class. The idea of it and Rachel's talent. I will be thrilled if anything I make comes in any way close to her work!
Journey by Fire said…
Love the Einstein quote and the spirit of your message. I, for one, believe it's never too late to follow one's passion and bring dreams to fruition... Happy new year!
Rayna M. Iyer said…
What I have always loved about you, Ellen, is the passion you bring to your work. Every artistic endeavour of yours has so much of You in it. As do each of the templates your blog dons.

Passion you have in abundence. May it keep flowing in the new year.
Jules said…
I so agree, do what you love and the rest will fall in place. Of course, that includes giving to that which you love, be true to thy self!

Happy New Year Ellen! Let's do lunch this year, :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow
Jingle said…
lovely message, happy 2011.
Jingle said…

I invite you to become a participant at Thursday Poets Rally Week 36…

This is a golden opportunity for you to make NEW poetic friends, and have your talent directly exposed to a community of talented poets…

Enter your entry here if you are ready

Hope to see you in, Happy Friday, best wishes for the year of 2011.

Hi Ellie!

Running in to wish you the funnest of New Year's Eve's and much happiness to you and your dear ones in 2011!

Hope you're keeping warm and toasty and I look forward to catching up with you in the new year.

Happy happy 2011,
Sally xoxo
Sherry Blue Sky said…
I so love this post, and that you are following your write so well, and the art you create is amazing. This is going to be a big year for you. I predict you will get some of your work accepted at a magazine. Then you can e me and say "Sherry, you were right!" :)
paperbird said…
a beautiful message for the new year ellen. i love the photograph!

wishing you the very best for this new year. than you for the inspiration that you share. you are a gifted writer.

Ellen aka Ella said…
Lorraine-I knew you would and then I remembered I didn't give you credit! Oops, I fixed it~ I loved the way you wrapped, I saved the tag and bow! It was beautiful; Thank you! xXx I loved your post about the cause, so touching! I hope someday I can be part of an Art Group, going to try to find or create one next year~ Wishing you the best, your creations always inspire me! Happy New Year!

Sherry-I hope you are right ;-D I see this happening for you! You have a gift, please write that book. I'll find a way to Canada(remember I'm from Maine) xXx

Sally-Happy New Year, to you n' yours! I will try to comment more on your blog. It has such a home style feel. I love all you share, find and make! xXx

Jingle-I would love to give this go, next year. I'm finishing up Reverb...phew, busy month to post everyday, what was I thinking?! lol
Happy New Year to you~

Jules-Lunch and go get those Dismal Swamp T-shirts. I still don't have mine...I'll wait and we'll get them together :-D Happy New Year to you an yours~

Rayna-Thank you, you always make me smile and think. I love your culture, someday I would love to visit your world! I will try to comment more next year. I am happy I met you this year!
Happy New Year xXx

Journey-Thank you; I look forward to getting to know you better in the New Year! Hope 2011 is memorable for both of us~ I love Einstein, too