Saturday is for Sharing – Musings on Saturday Morning

 

Saturday is for Sharing

 Saturday Musings ~

on the LAST DAY OF JUNE, 2018

Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

An essay by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Walk dogs – Check!

Morning Coffee – Check!

Open window for Miss Opal – Check!

Read E-mail – Check!

 

Miss Opal is my feline writing companion.

She is seated on top of my file cabinet, watching intently out the open window as she does each morning.  Like all cats, she is intrigued by the bird sounds and life passing by on this rural western Pennsylvania road. We begin our days before dawn. We rise with the crows and the red-tailed hawks that soar over the landscape outside our window. 

 

Next Saturday, I will present my first Guest Author on “Saturday is for Sharing.”

That is exciting because I have some stellar authors lined up for this new adventure.  You will love meeting my guests!

 

I am so interested in the responses to the questions I ask my guests.

Reading them and working on the articles caused me to do some musing on my own thoughts about what I do as a visual  artist and a writer/author. I work across disciplines in everything I do.

 

First, I considered my own challenge –

I am a blind person.

 

Unlike some other artists and writers who are challenged with a handicap or disability, I have never written much about the sudden sight loss that I experienced eleven years ago.

 

I was at the height of a wonderful career and my personal life was fantastic the year I turned sixty-four.

 

I worked out at the gym 6-7 days a week. My body was so healthy and I felt so good in my skin. Hi energy! Excited about life! Living my passions! High Achiever!

 

Other pleasures-

  • My teaching schedule at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA)). It was a career that I loved. My courses included lecturing and teaching in the Humanities, Fine Art Studio classes, and special courses in English literature.

  • My studies and teaching extended to include a month-long course I taught while living in Europe every summer. I wrote and drew in my sketchbook every day as I traveled.

  • My first book, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage developed from my sketchbook jottings and drawings. Life was a grand adventure.

  • In my artist’s life, I was having exhibitions all over the world and had done so since 1976. Literature and art are my passions.  I was so blessed to be living my dream.

 

In a day, that all ended.  While I say it ended, what really happened is that it all changed dramatically when I lost my vision due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy.  How does a person pick up the pieces and move on, when it seems that you have lost everything you have in your life?  The answer is one that comes slowly – over time. The answer unravels, day by day, year after year.  It has now been eleven years since my own personal disaster stopped me cold.

 

When I thought I was finished

and my life was over – 

I was mistaken!

 

I’ve moved on in my art making to new places where I might never have gone without the sight loss. However, I realize now that my mind was going into uncharted territory before the sight loss.

 

In my writing life, I have written about sight loss by creating some essays about individual works of art that I created after I began to recover. I had intense rehabilitation training – but it took a few years for me to be able to do art work again.

 

I realized that I do not want to be represented by blindness. It was not my choice and I will never embrace it. I will never “get over it.”

I seldom say that I am blind because I don’t want to be viewed through that lens.

But there! I have spoken about what I think of this disability.

I am blind.

  • Yet, I write books.
  • Yet, I make fine art.
  • Yet, I walk by INNER VISION, not SIGHT
  • Yet,  my art is in international exhibitions.
  • Yet, I win awards for my art and writing.
  • Yet, my  life is active and wholesome.

Yet, I have a voice and I will use that voice to speak through literature and art.

All’s well.

Though I walk in cloudy mists and shadow…

 

Yet, I walk!

 

 

Today, as I read the comments that one of my physically challenged guests wrote to me, I began to think more about my own visual challenges.

 

I know some visitors to my blog will read this story and will be inspired and encouraged, to face their own life situations no matter what they are.  I want you to know we all give a voice to what we all deal with every day.

 

Some of us offer hope & insight with our words.

Some of us speak to the world through our works of art.

Some of us write extensively and create works of art also.

However, we choose to do it, we put a voice to our thoughts in our creative works.

 

If you were to scratch down through the surface of me, you will find that  I am an artist at the core, and my writing evolves from art – and art-related ideas. My writing is created as I would create a work of art – in many layers.  These days, in my writing studio, I am layering words and images as I paint the pictures that come through in poetry and non-fiction essays.

 

You are not a disability.

You are not a handicap.

You are courage personified.

The world needs to hear what you have to say.

 

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“Saturday is for Sharing is created by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright June 30, 2018. All Rights Reserved.

 

PLEASE pass this message along to you friends today.

Please comment at the end of this message. Please re-blog.

Thank you for visiting with me today. Happy Final Saturday of June, 2018.

All;s Well!

Visit me:  www.lyndalambert.com

 

Read more stories by Lynda Lambert at:

http://www.llambert363.blog

 

Author:

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage: Poems, Kota Press, 2003

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017

first snow : Chapbook. Manuscript completed and ready to send to editors for publication.

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems.  Manuscript completed and ready to send to editors for publication.

Editors: contact me for information & viewing.

My Author’s Page:  http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert

 

 

Little Step #2 – No More Excuses for YOU!

 Little Step # 2 – No More Excuses!

Part 2 of 7-part series

 

DISCOVER – RECOVER – REVISE

 

~ When June whispers, “Take responsibility for your life!” ~

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 OK, so you have been making a ton of excuses about why your life is not what you want it to be!

Yes, I can just hear you now – complaining about all the things you don’t like, even the weather! And, along with that, we get caught up in passing along a tidbit of gossip, and we criticize others as well as our self. Isn’t it time to take control of all this, turn it around, and make the CHANGE  in our life that will be meaningful not only to ourselves, our families, and the world we live in?

Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

Are you ready to stop the complaining? Gossiping? Criticizing?  Ready to begin taking the next step in the direction to change all that?

An easy thing to do? Oh, gosh, it sure is not easy. Right now, I have completed  the book “A Complaint Free World,” and you can find out more about this movement by going to the website:  www.AComplaintFreeWorld.org

I joined the challenge – and I am wearing the PURPLE BRACELET every day.  Every time I find myself uttering words  that are complaints, gossip or criticism, I have to move the bracelet to the other arm. The goal is to have 21 complaint free days in a row  – the bracelet must  stay in place on one arm for 21 days! That is the number of days it takes to begin a new habit.  I will tell you the average person takes 4 to 8 months to achieve this goal. After a month, I have had only TWO complaint free days in a row.  But I am determined to live a complaint free life and I will keep on going with this challenge  no matter how long it takes.  I purchased 10 of the bracelets because I knew it would take me quite awhile to change my speech patterns! You will be surprised at how many times you utter words or comments that are not complimentary, critical, or even gossip once you begin this challenge for chang.

It takes 21 days to form a  NEW HABIT –

It’s a kind of unease, deep down inside of you. You will feel some  disappointments in yourself  and even a longing for change.  You begin to realize it’s in your hands to make this change. Only you can learn to get your tongue under control.

June is the perfect month to consider the elimination of your excuses  – Ask yourself, What has kept me from experiencing a satisfying life. Let’s make June as a time of NEW BEGINNINGS!

To Begin:

Think about what you personally CAN  do and take action.  Write DOWN what you WILL  do.  Put little reminders all around your house – write your INTENTIONS on sticky notes, and put them where you will see them all the time.  Keep them in the forefront of your mind. If you are visually impaired, as I am, a reminder like my purple bracelet keeps me on target.  I reach over and touch it, move it around, and remember my goal to stay positive today.  Learning to keep silent is difficult. Learning to use wisdom and grace instead of quickly stating your own opinion on a matter is something we all can learn to do.  But we have to stay focused on our intention to be complaint free all the time.

Ask yourself what you WILL do, and then listen for the response. Learn to be quiet and listen to your spirit.

Don’t worry; it won’t be something beyond your capabilities!

The CHANGES you MAKE  will be little steps that come when you learn to remain quiet and have a sense of waiting on God for your leading throughout each day.

See where  YOUR LITTLE STEPS  take you.

I can promise you, your journey to be complaint-free  will be just perfect FOR YOU

and YOUR  personal talents and passions in life. 

You may like to read:  A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen.

This challenge  is an eye-opener when you actually begin to make the changes. – well, lets just say, it is quite revealing.  Will you join ME in making life changes  in your world? If you do, let me know how it’s going for you. We can keep each other encouraged as we CHANGE our WORLD. No More Excuses for Us !

Proverbs 13:3 English Standard Version (ESV)

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
    he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

It is because the words we speak are creative – the words  create our future and the conditions of our present. We become what we say and we receive what we created by our speech. Guard your mouth because it is a matter of living an abundant life or a life of constant drama, struggles, and disappointments.  For me, the purple  bracelet challenge is a little step in the BEST direction for my life. How about you?

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You can visit Little Steps #1 by clicking on:  https://llambert363.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/you-can-move-on-and-april-is-the-perfect-time-to-do-it-join-me-on-this-first-little-step-of-our-lifes-purpose-and-journey-to-wholeness/