The time is always right

Strike, as in sudden success | Watercolor
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The time is always right to do what's right. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doing equals action. Action is the stroke. All action takes time.

Before action comes envisioning, clarity, intention, decision, commitment.

Flow is the allowing, faith, patience.

Nothing is absolute but boy, for the most part, everything seems to take longer than we think it will. (Except for what doesn't).

For example, I intended to launch my new courses at the start of the year. It's going to take longer. Anyway, what I like about "the start of the year" is that there are so many.

With the new moon tonight at 9:18 PM ET, I feel like I'm just getting started with the year. There's been so much scaffolding to create to hold up the rest of the year's plans.

As far as this syndrome of things seeming to take longer than we expect them to, I'm holding to the wisdom that everything takes exactly as long as it needs to, that everything unfolds in perfect order and that now is always the right time. It's the only time.

Yep. Now is the only time. May as well enjoy it, get into it and let go of the rest as well as you can. That's what I'm really working on.

And... no matter how far behind I feel, I always remember to do the next right thing.

Okay. So, you are welcome to a gratis copy of my Drawing Primer. Go here to get yourself a copy. Pass the link along to your family and compadres. Share the link. Share the love (and pencils and paper.)

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
—Earl Nightingale

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Let's tak' a cup o' kindness yet...

Settling | Watercolor | Suzanne McDermott

Hagmane!

I cannot remember another end of a year that people were so anxious to be done with. But 2017 seems to be a year that most want behind them. At least that's the word on the street that's reached my ears.

So, let's tak' a cup o' kindness yet, and make a good turn of the year.

just read* that the words to Auld Lang Syne may be lost any year now so here's a link to its Wikipedia page and another to my fave version, sung by Dougie MacLean*. Now, you've no excuse not to sing and pass it on.

Looks like it'll be a stormy Hogmanay in Scotland this year. I wondered where that word came from and, what do you know, it may be from the Swedish for full and moon.

And it's a full moon! The Wolf Moon shines on the first at 9:24 pm ET.

So, Hagmane!*

*The Scottish Presbyterian Eloquence of 1693 recorded: "It is ordinary among some plebeians to go from door to door upon New Year's Eve, crying 'Hagmane'."

Welcome the light


Greetings on the Winter Solstice. I encourage you to welcome the light into every aspect of your life. It is only through light that darkness will be kept in check and balanced properly.

I wish you all love and lightness of heart. i wish you safety in the material world and curiosity and openness in your spirit. Be glad that you are alive at such a rare time of the human experience.

More later. Enjoy your company this holiday season or your solitude. Light a candle for your soul and for us all.

This year, I share with you one of my perennial favorites. Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose.
Light a candle or a fire. Alone or with your family or a friend, click here to listen to the incomparable original recording.

Click and listen. I swear that it's worth every second of your (and your family and friends' time.)
Nobody's a natural. You work to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.
― Paul Gallico
With a special holiday hello from Miss Tallulah, ​and lots of love...