Abundance and love come in many ways. There's health and sunshine. Flowers blooming in winter. A softly snoring dog and cozy kitty. A warm home loving friends and family. And work.
Never before in my life would I have put work and love in the same sentence.
I grew up with work to do all the time. Didn't you? Chores. Homework. Dishes. Laundry. Ironing. Running errands for someone else. When I got my first job, I dove right in working hard to be successful. Striving and achieving. I thought I liked it but it was difficult, tiring and stressful.
Then, working was always all about how hard I worked. But something's changed along the way and I didn't even see it. Now work is about desire. Challenge. Courage and discovery.
I work in my studio with clay and color and sometimes window screening. I throw on the wheel and roll out slabs. I paint leaves red, eyebrows purple and stamp circles into squares. I make cups, plates, bowls, vases and masks. Each and every time, it's a challenge to make the shapes I want, the colors work and dry the porcelain clay without cracks. Just when it seems I have figured it out, there's a new problem to solve leading to a new creative discovery. I'd like to say I'm an expert at what I do, but the truth is I'm still learning. That's where the courage comes in, facing my mistakes or inexperience and keep on working anyway.
I did my very best, then. I still do.
Now, I see an abundance of work on my shelves, drying racks and sculpture stand as an abundance of love just waiting for me. I don't know where I'd be without it.