My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dust on Diamonds

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of going with my husband Jim, my youngest son, Jamen and his child Noah to an afternoon movie. Noah is only three and always brings such light and life into the house when he comes to stay. We stopped at the bank to get some money on the way and while Jim went in, Noah noticed a handicapped sign on the wall next to where we were parked. Noah asked what the man in the circle was. Jamen explained that it was a symbol for people who were handicapped, or injured, or for some reason physically challenged and had a hard time walking to the front door. He explained how they make and save the special parking place closer to make it easier for them. Noah was quiet for a moment and then said rather matter of factly, " I have an idea. We could carry them in and gently put them down." For a moment I was so struck with the purity of this thought. It really touched me, because he was so sincere. No wonder Jesus said that we needed to be like a little child. Simple but beautifully pure and true.

I read a devotion recently that compared our faults and sins as 'dust on diamonds'. As I read it, the words came off the page and the image stuck in my mind. That is how precious each of us are. Even when though there is dust, we are still diamonds. We are diamonds in God's eyes. Precious and beautiful, made in God's image. Each of us is multifacited, sparkling, mysterious, glorious, full of many colors, and unique. We just need to own what we are and let what we are shine bright.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Matthew Fox on Creativity

One of my absolute favorite books that confirms much of my own understanding about ART is entitled: Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human meet by Matthew Fox. I have found so many of his ideas about creativity to be valid. I feel that when I am being creative, I am most alive. I feel that my creativity is very linked to my spirituality. I'd like to share a few excerpts that are close to my heart:

Matthew Fox says, "Notice the Kabbalah counsels us that imagination is a "gift of God"and further down on that page he says, "fundamentalists who engage in imagination-bashing might take note of the following fact : The etymological origin for the word "hell" (the real place where Satan dwells?) is helan, an old English word that means "to conceal" (in Latin celare). In other words hell is our place of concealment. Hell then, is our refusal to create and our deadening the imagination of others. But if hell is concealment then heaven would be the place of revelation, of unveiling, of telling the truth. Eckhart said,'The purpose of a word is to reveal.' That is the purpose of all imagination. Teacher and painter, poet and potter M. C. Richards asks: 'Isn't this what we try to do in our artistic work with the clay: to bring something to light, to manifest, to reveal? A form, an intention, a question, a relationship, a search, a hope, a defeat, a concealment...? ' (pages 59-60) Fox says, "The Artist is to the community and body politic what the liver is to the body, a cleanser and a recycler of wastes and toxins." (page 89) Fox also says, "The Christ story redeems creativity by setting it in the context of compassion. All creativity is meant to serve compassion not projections." (pages 94-95) He says, "Creativity saves, its opposite kills. The Gospel of Thomas put it this way, "Jesus said: 'When you bring forth that which is within you, that which is yours will save you. But if you do not have that in yourself, that which is not yours in you will kill you'." Our creativity is a matter of life and death, of salvation and damnation. (pages 98-99) ...the artist beholds what is and holds it up for the rest of us to see better. There is a river of creativity that is running through all things , all relationships, all beings, all corners, and centers of the universe. WE are here to join it, to get wet, to jump in, to ride these rapids, wild and sacred as they be. (page 66)

I believe that creativity is sacred. Being creative with compassion is how I feel called to live the rest of my life. I am seeking ways everyday to express this God given gift of the simplist of ways. Though the process is sometimes painful and difficult. Creativity brings me joy in the end. It brings me peace. Please keep in mind though...this is just one aspect or facet of my faith journey.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One of our favorites!! We love them all, though!!!!
Dan Zanes is revered in my home. All of us, Moms, Dads, Meemaw (me) and Papaw (Jim) and Noah, Tyler and Charlize adore him and his friends and the amazing music that they make. If you haven't been introduced to him then you are missing out. Please take a look. He is wonderful!! I found this video on youtube and thought it would be great to share. I'll probably also post one of his videos. This one is all about him. It's informative and quite clever! Enjoy

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thou Who Hast First Loved Us

This piece is a favorite of mine. It is a beautiful reminder of God's great love for each of us. It was written by Soren Kierrkegaard. Hope you have a lovely Tuesday.

Thou who first loved us, O God, alas! We speak of it in terms of history as if Thou has loved us first but a single time, rather than that without ceasing Thou hast loved us first many times and everyday and our whole life through. When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul toward Thee--Thou art the first--Thou hast loved us first; if I rise at dawn and at the same second turn my soul toward Thee in prayer, Thou art there ahead of me, Thou hast loved me first. When I withdraw from the distractions of the day and turn my soul in thought toward Thee, Thou art the first and thus forever. And yet, we always speak ungratefully as if Thou has loved us first only once. ~ Prayers by Soren Kierrkegaard

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Trusting Myself

All through my childhood and the first eighteen years of my adult life, I thought that I had to seek the direction of my life outside of myself, through those wiser and stronger then myself. Due to poor self-esteem and false teachings from my Christian leadership, I was taught not to trust my own heart. Scriptures such as "Our hearts are deceitfully wicked, who can know it" were used out of context. I am grateful that the last twenty years or so, I have come to know better. Thank you God. Thank you for the angels....the lovely people you sent my way to show me a better, more truthful way of finding my path. Writer Joan Mills observes, "I'd gone through life believing in the strength and confidence of others; never my own . "Now, dazzled, I discovered that my capacities were real. It was like finding a fortune in the lining of an old coat." Yes, that is how I have felt, as I have learned to look within and listen deeply for direction. I love what Anna Freud says about these matters. She says, "Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." How true! I am so glad that this is true! Peace!!! ~Jeanne

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ryan Adams-Interview and Song-"Fix It"

I saw this somewhat recent interview with Ryan Adams and was very glad to hear that he no longer drinks, smokes or does drugs. I had heard that he was having some problems with these. Maybe that was just a rumor. We have lost so many extremely gifted singer- song writers and musicians to overdoses, etc. What a sad waste of a life. I am truly happy for him. I loved this little song that he sang in this interview called, "Fix It" Wow, I can really relate to the lyrics. So often in my life there has been brokeness and I was not able to "fix it." I had to let it go, give it to God and know that God is the only one that can fix such problems. It is not in my power. This a difficut lesson that I am still working on. Well, I hope you enjoy this interview and the lovely song. ~Peace, Jeanne

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ruth Etting 1929

Such a lovely little song. Had I known the words and melody of this tune when I met my husband...I'd have been crooning this song lol....Had to post this cuz I just heard Ruth Etting for the first time:) I think she is awesome....Enjoy!