Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wishcasting Wednesday

Today at Jamie Ridler's Studio, it is once again Wishcasting Wednesday and Jamie asks :

What do you wish to say NO to?

A very interesting question! I would much rather say "yes" to new things. But, as I have been reading "The Artist's Way" with Paula's group, saying no to negative affirmations is a constant theme. It is so important to say no to those voices that tell you you can't do it, or you're not an artist, or you will fail. So, I want to say no to those internal voices and replace them with positive affirmations.

I also want to say no to negative emotions that can drag you down: guilt, fear, and especially worry. Focusing on each day and looking at the positive will help banish those negative emotions.

I want to say no to procrastination and wasting time, and to clutter.

Last week, we arrived home from our vacation to find that Jack Layton had died. He had lost his battle to cancer too early. As someone said, he was the greatest prime minister we never had. As I listened to the wonderful eulogies at his funeral, I heard many of his words of wisdom.

"Don't wait for perfect conditions - you can wait forever. Make the best with what you have."

"Always have a dream that is longer than a lifetime."

"Be loving, be hopeful, be optimistic."

"Make time for what matters most."

"Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done."

"Dream no small dreams."

So, for this last wish, I want to say no to dreaming small dreams. I look at Jack and at 61, he lived every moment to the fullest. His was a life well lived. What a wonderful role model!

As Jamie says:

You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It’s easy. Answer the wish prompt above on your blog. Support wishes by visiting other participants. It’s that simple. There is great power in wishing together.


Anonymous said...

Oh Bev, you have chosen a truly magnificent role model. Jack is truly a Canadian hero and we are all bereft at his loss. Listen to those wise words...they resonate because they are like piano wire that vibrates in tune with your own heart's yearnings. As you wish for yourself, so i wish for you also ... with great gusto!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

This is beautiful. I had never heard the line "He is the best Prime Minister we never had" and it makes a teary smile cross my face. I am American, not Canadian, so I didn't know that quote before now.

Thank you for inspiring me with your "No's" today.

As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also...

(I am also grateful my weird google issue appears to be fixed so my comments are going through on blogs that didn't used to go through!)

Sharlene said...

saying No to those voices that say you can't -- i can sooo relate! as you wish for yourself, i wish for you too! :-)

Dominee said...

I am right with you on this! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you too!

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about Mr. Layton, unfortunately. But I've been reading so many wonderful eulogies and tributes to him that it's easy to tell he was an extraordinary man. If only we had such a wonderful figure in America to look up to!!

Thank you for inspiring me. And as you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well!

Just Say No! :)

Vanessa said...

As you wish for yourself I wish for you as well

" M " said...

Totally , I talk about that on my blog post thats up . I had been afraid for a long time , making excuses not to try , because of fear , and now I did it , and so many interesting things are happening . So yeah don't be afraid to unlock that door of possibilities! : )

As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also!

Kate's Healthy Home said...

As you wish for yourself so I wish for you also.

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

As Bev wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Great wish. Sounds like your on track.

Anonymous said...

I, too, totally relate to the need to say NO to all those doubtsy voices from within. Thank goodness for friends to help us remember and for role models to inspire us to follow our dreams. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

I also didn't know Jack Layton, but he sounds like he was very well loved. May God rest his soul!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Wonderful quotes, so powerful in their hopes for a bigger future.
As Bev wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Cindy Jones Lantier said...

We have many similar wishes. As Bev wishes for herself, so do I wish for her also. Thanks for the bit of info on Jack Layton. He sounds like an amazing man.