Friday, November 6, 2009

duality: a new illustration (by me)

I read something recently that I thought was pretty cool-- it was to consider that where you are and what you're feeling/thinking RIGHT NOW is your path. You're supposed to be here. You won't get to where you're going without being here. Literally! Where else could you be but right here, right now?

You know how so many times we think something is wrong? We don't have the right hair cut, the right friends, the right job, we don't know what we're doing or where we're going.... well, what if all of these things are our path, and they're actually our exactly right things, and they're meant to help us learn the lessons we are here to learn? And we have to experience the things we maybe don't like so much in order to recognize the things we do like so much?

Like, the idea of duality-- you can't know what light is unless you also know what dark is. Up, down. In, out. Maybe this is the part of your path where you're learning about darkness, so you'll know what the light feels like. Maybe you've experienced dark, and now you're reveling in the light. Maybe if we accept how we're feeling,whether we're judging it as good or bad, we can just experience life as our path, whatever that means?

I like this. It takes the pressure off. I'm supposed to be right where I am, for reasons that the universe knows, and if I trust it, then I'm on my path, wherever it takes me. And everyone else is on their own path, which means I don't need to compare myself to anyone. Oh, big sigh of relief!

Just some thoughts for the weekend. ;) I hope it's a good one for you!!


  1. i love this post. the words and the illustration.

  2. wise words! will be staring this post for gloomy days :)

  3. Interesting thoughts indeed, also your illustration is fantastic. Sort of a double take with the words light and dark as well :P Definitely something about Fate and how our paths are laid out perhaps, no matter how windy they might seem. Everything happens for a reason perhaps, you just can't see it until after the fact - you find the thread of connection in everything. Life is a journey...even though that sounds so cliche!

  4. Glad you like it, ladies! Thank you. :)

  5. Love this. And these are just the words that I need to hear right now.

    I think you will inspire my painting.

    Right Here. Right Now.
    Where I'm supposed to be.


  6. yes, it's a very thoughtful and insightful post. we don't appreciate the good without some bad. or, the dull without some excitement. it's more about living and appreciating the moment. we never know when it will be our last. i'm going to think about this some more because i've been questioning my and struggling with my path quite a bit, lately. enjoy your weekend!

  7. I've been thinking of this while I stay at my Mom's & commute all damn week & feel so, so tired (I don't remember ever feeling this tired) & start the train of thought of, "What did I do to deserve this? Why can't everything just go smoothly? What can't I live in my home?" Changing my perspective that this schlep is a gift of sorts (although that's tough to stomach!) & viewing it as HELPING us...helping us to make our apartment a home, helping us learn to roll with the punches, helping us spend some time with family...that makes it all a bit better.

    Still can't wait to get to be in my new home, though!

  8. love this, Jess. There has been a lot of moments I felt like this in 2009. It does help to feel we are right where we are supposed to be even with all the bad stuff.

  9. You're such a breath of fresh air, and thanks for talking about this stuff so frankly! I love the analogy, and am excited to see where your path takes you! (Uh, and mine too :)