|"Love in Diversity" - Mural proposal ©Antonia Ruppert|
|Painting Live for After the Due Order CD release|
©Photo by Les Stevens
|Robin Tillotson (thisidoforme.com) and I at my Loyola U show.|
|"Portraits of Motherhood" exhibit at the Cicero Public Library|
This week, my very good friend and fellow artist Elaine shared a mural opportunity with me. Though we both realized too late that the deadline had passed by one day, I called the organization. I was told that I had until the next day to get my materials in. I was elated. I jumped. Really fast - I jumped. My eighth grade teacher Mrs. Mae would've been proud of the way I kicked procrastination to the side and got on with it.
|Which one? Top or Bottom? ©Antonia Ruppert|
After coming to grips with the failure, I found these to be truths:
1. Thou Shalt Not Take it Personal:
This gentleman's inability to call me or email me back is not a sign of anything related to me. It wasn't even about me, just something that happened.
2. Being Disappointed is OK, Letting It Go Is Better:
Don't run from the emotion. Hold it. And then let it go. Go for a walk. Jump on the treadmill. Write in your journal. Self-care.
3. Fill Your Head With Gratitude and Affirmation:
Perhaps you find yourself, like me, severely disappointed in a circumstance. We can still find 10 things that you can positively be grateful for. Check out my inspirational renewal cards. Currently available, you can take 10 seconds and redirect your outlook. We can be affirming.
4. Tons of Folk Have "Been There" Too:
In the book, "Daring Greatly," author Brene Brown talks about "common humanity" in which one can realize that "suffering and feelings of personal inadequacy" are part of being human. All of us go through this.
In conclusion, if you can relate today, be encouraged. Life is messy but we're not a mess. As I leave you with my positive affirmations, remember we can be disappointed without being disappointing.