Encouraging women to evolve and create new opportunities at any age.
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!” 
Søren Kierkegaard
Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

More on Joy

In July, I was invited to exhibit my hypertufa pots at the Treasure Coast Artists’ first summer art show.  I welcomed the opportunity to participate and to use the event to advertise the Fall Hypertufa classes at Heathcote and McKee Botanical Gardens. The show was more rewarding than I anticipated.  I sold some pots.  I told lots of people about hypertufa.  I handed out flyers for my classes.  What I didn’t expect were the opportunities to meet and talk with joyful artists, and I met several.  
Setting up your wares at an art show is a labor intensive task – especially when your art objects are hypertufa pots, planted with succulents.  As I was going back and forth to my car, I was questioning the wisdom of being in the show.  My thoughts were all about the effort required and the difficulties.  It was then that I encountered another artist.  She was dressed in vibrant colors and wore a wide brimmed – bound to get attention – hat.  She looked up, smiled, and said, “Isn’t this fun?”    
She was joyful and having a good time even while working.  We were not having the same experience at all!  She had plunged wholeheartedly into the whole activity, while my own thoughts were discoloring my experience. 

As the day progressed, I had the opportunity to chat with several other artists who were exhibiting.  I remembered that years ago, when I taught art, I enjoyed the company of artists:  so full of ideas, “pushing the envelopes” to new possibilities.  “Ah ha!,” I thought.  This same theme re-occurs and supports my passion today in Eavesdropping, in my workshops, and in these newsletters.  
“As Kierkegaard said in our opening quote (see above), “possibility” is intoxicating; looking forward to “potential” fuels and invigorates all of us.  Anticipating potential is – I’ll admit – easier to do when we are young.  In fact, it’s just part of everyday life:  “In five years, we will have the kids in school, and then we will….”; “By this time next year, we will have time to plant our gardens….”; etc.  It’s just natural to do it.   It’s easy to lose this passionate sense of the potential as we age.  Often, our thoughts are on what we need to avoid in order to reduce negative consequences in the future.  
So, here I was, among people who spend lots of time contemplating the possibilities for their art.  They laughed easily and their joy was contagious.  I am so glad I went!  The moral of the story:  get a new hobby, reinvent ourselves, and look ahead with eager anticipation to possibilities.
And this from one of our readers, Judy, seems especially appropriate when we are considering new activities and new strategies for our lives.  Judy says that when she feels unhappy, she looks at the activity she is doing.  Is this something that she really needs to do; has to do?  She begins with “Why?”  “Why am I doing this?”  “What old rule am I still following?”  And then, as she considers a different opportunity or activity, she asks a new question, “Why not?”  This has been very fruitful for her and has yielded lots of joy.  

Edie's Movie Recommendation 

If you haven’t seen Inside Out - go!!
You will LOVE it.  So many wonderful messages and it is a lovely movie.  
I know!!  Supposed to be for kids.
NOT!  Definitely a grown up film.  
Good discussion starter.
Future Events
Thursday Workshops at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Stuart, FL will resume in the fall.

Save the date: this Fall t
he Dr. will be in… The Botanical Gardens
 Hypertufa Pots: Creating original art for your garden-And it’s actually easy!

Visit the Events Page on  for dates and information about when The Dr. is in...The Garden  Workshops will be at the Heathcote Botanical Gardens located in Fort Pierce, Florida and McKee Botanical Garden Vero Beach, FL.
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