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The Relentless Spirit

April 11, 2011
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I hold a class every Wednesday morning.  Students tend to come and go from this class.  It is a very fluid experience.  I absolutely love the combination of students that appear.  At the moment the students are eager to learn and have quite a philosophical bent…..right up my alley.

One of the current students is an 87 year old, retired medical doctor.  He has painted on and off for years but had little instruction so struggled with some of the basic principles of creating a strong composition and the development of a subject.  He likes to paint from life…no photographs for him…and his work resembles a cross between a young Monet and a mid-life Cezanne.  He told us this past week that he has grade 10 in piano and plays Mozart every day for 20 mins to keep in the game.  He also mentioned that he had never wanted to be a doctor, that his desire had been to be a musician.  I do believe that he just may be my new teacher.

I have spent the afternoon pondering our class discussion of the creative spirit…you know, that part of ‘self’ where all the magic evolves and presents itself rather humbly throughout our day.  As a group we had decided that the creative part of ourselves is fundamental to being human and that it is never ending….relentless in its pursuit to bring  joy and harmony into our lives.  Personally, I would extend the existence of spirit well beyond the human condition.  I see its manifestation in the daily life of my cats and the crows that live in my yard, for example.

The piano playing, retired doctor, that has now taken up the pursuit of  painting at 87 years of age,  made reference to a book he was reading called the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra.  He was telling us that he was learning about the creative spirit but that he thought some people were more creative than others.  I wanted to say to him “define creative” but decided not to mess with an 87 year old.  After all, people are allowed their opinions and he may not have finished the entire book 🙂

I suppose what I see in this student are possibilities, hope, desire and a whole lot of creative spirit.  He is staying in the game and loving it.

Lessons learned…Spirit is relentless.  It is not restricted by age or gender, nor does it have limits.  Negativity is not its friend.  Possibility is what it thrives on.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Karin permalink
    April 12, 2011 1:49 am

    inspiring !! 🙂

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