Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

  I spent the day with a very dynamic group: The Innovative Art Alliance.  We are a diverse group of artists that come from all over south eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.  Our monthly meetings are all about networking and sharing. One of our members, Diane, has ALS, (also known as Lou Gerhig's disease). We have slowly been witness to the loss of use of her legs, then her arms. She is an amazing creative woman, who despite her ever increasing limitations, continues to not only lead us, but inspire us with her ever present courage and wisdom. It has been quite a while since she has been able to put a needle to fabric, but that does not stop her indominable spirit. Her creative outlet has become her thoughts and her words. She shared a few of her poems with us today.  One poem in particular resonated with me. It talked about how we spend our lives trying to be "good enough", and that, at some point we need to realize we are, what we are...and that is perfect for us!  It reminded me of the old Amish quote, that we are " too soon old, too late smart."
   On this day of hearts and love, I am sending out all the love and healing energy I can muster to you, Diane. And thank you for giving me permission to be who I am.


  1. Thanks, Susan. Sure puts things in perspective. I send healing thoughts, too.

  2. Mom, I love this true! I don't know if you realize that you have been living by that old Amish quote for awhile least you have been saying to us for years, thank you!

  3. @ Susan...perspective is right! We all need to really think what is important in our lives, and what is not! Truly---life is so short...
    @ got me. The older I get the more things become apparent! Don't wait to get "old" to get smart!

  4. What a wonderful post Susan. How true !! This past year I have started working hard on just this very fact. Right again on "the older we get the more things become apparent"
    Abby your Mom gives you wonder advice, hopefully you will be smarter then us :)kido some of us are slow learners..LOL

  5. artist workN within their physical limitations ROCK my world! Thanks for shareN