Captivating title right?
Well this is what my days have looked like lately...
Everything and nothing all at the same time.
Closing the studio in the Glen amidst this year long transition and change has triggered so many aspects within me.
Who could have known?
Creative overflow, tears, trust, regret, fear, nostalgia, bliss, gratitude and total despair...
All in one woman you ask? All at the same time?
Why yes indeed... If you ran into me anytime in the last few weeks, you either caught me in tears, elated or just plain and simply very confused.
Being a mama or two, running a household, fulfilling a dream and keeping food on the table... That's what I have been up to. It's not easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
This is where the woodpecker comes in....
Yesterday, in one of my irrational "What have I done"moments, I heard someone knocking on my door.... Thinking it was the babysitter, or a neighbour, I opened the door and nobody was there.... Well, not a person anyhow....
So here was a gorgeous great spotted woodpecker, just prancing up the tree beside my studio.... I looked at him/her and they flew away... That was odd....
And then flood gates opened. I started to re-root and realize that all I have to do is listen...
Why do I get myself in such a fuss and worry so much?
Here is nature, literally knocking at my door...
And what do Woodpeckers have to say?
They are believed to be mother earth's drummers.... The heartbeat.
The reminder. trust your intuition...
We are all part of her.
I sometimes forget that I am not in control of everything in constant parenting mode and multi-tasking mode, where every event, and I mean everything needs to be calculated on some scale for how long it will take, what priority is it, and whether I actually have time to get into it....
Perspective. I see it now.
I try to always live in gratitude as I know I am blessed.... Oh, I am blessed, but sometimes the imminence of my daily routines and responsibilities just wear me down....
Sooooooo, Here she is.... Just a wee Opal metaphor for my life at the moment, and many others I am certain.... She represents all women and mamas, who fear their fire will die with the daily grind of life. The embers are always there when you are ready to re-kindle... Just be ready for a tear or two :)
Your beauty and abundance still exists, even if you don't see it.
Your spirit, your fire, they too stay by your side for whenever you are ready to heed their call.
Your pain, your joy all make you the beautiful abundant being that you are.
Your heart beat, is connected with the heart beat of mother earth, always, even if you can't feel it.
and when you really need the nudge, she sends messengers!
Thank you little woodpecker for coming and knocking on my door. You came at the perfect time!
Naomi, this is truly a beautiful creation… Both the life you are creating and the artful adornment you create. You are a blessing to this world. Release and be, you are wonderful.
Thank you for sharing Naomi. Your words really speak to me as I have been having many similar feelings lately. It’s comforting to hear you speak about all of the many emotions and the wearing down from the grind of life.
What a beautiful piece you’ve created! Love your work!
Hello Dear One, Yes the woodpecker is your medicine and mine too. Opportunity is always knocking in some way. We are always held in the arms of Creator as we navigate through such difficult times. Take one day at a time and don’t forget to breathe deeply. Your life is unfolding exactly as it should. As deeply painful as it can be, life is also fantastic!
Today I will wear your beautiful “raven on a branch” pendant and send you love. Regards, Eva (Barbara)
Oh Naomi, Creative One. You are experiencing Life. Your children, your work, your self. Juggling it all. And channelling the energy into these beautiful pieces. I treasure the pendant you made even more now as I face a journey through the treatment for breast cancer. I wear it to give me strength. And, imagine this, I too have woodpecker outside my kitchen window. We will prevail!
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April 13, 2017
This one is a beauty too! You always seem to find the beauty in everything you do. I love your creations! And I like to read your postings. This one gave me chills. Have a nice day!