Bright Ideas, Week 5: Gratitude in Gifting

A tough week; on top of our Kamala being sick, the astrological forces
(Mars retrograde or whatever is going on) have conspired to make some of the
people in my life complete arseholes. Fortunately, none are very close to me.

W16 5 19 BI ORCHIDS 001On the other hand, the nastiness came
out of the blue, when I had little sleep (Kamala), and was in a place that usually offered happiness, which means I was undefended.  In response to my offering to
do a good deed — to send an art friend a small and inexpensive object which she
could not get in her country — I did
something inadvertently that made
her mad.  She would not accept my
apology, offered even though it was just a misunderstanding.  Art folks are usually helpful and sweet — I’ve had them do the same for me — yet I walked away from the experience wondering why I would ever ever want to do a nice anything for anyone again. This was the place I was in when I walked into my acupuncturist’s office.

A reminder to know you never know what is happening
in another person’s life when you are an ass.

The back story on my acupuncturists is that he once caught me drawing
in his waiting room; he wanted to look.  He told me he wanted to take art lessons
as a child but they could not afford it. I made him a sketching kit for Christmas:
travel watercolors, a waterbrush, a fountain pen (+ cartridges), and a small sketchbook.  He was delighted!  However, no sketches have been shared to date.

I gently bother him about it about once every couple months.
“Have you sketched?” I ask.  “No.  I need to practice outside the book.”
“No, that is what the book is for — it is not so precious.”
I gave him a book that talked about no judgement
and told him doing it even 15 minutes a day, pen to paper, would change his life.

W16 5 19 BI DRAGON TIN 004But today he came into show me his sketchbook!  I was on my back with needles
in my hand, stomach (it took him months to get me to do that), knees and feet.  It filled
my heart to bursting to see his joy and willingness to share.  Mitchell always tells me, “You never know what’s around the corner.”

Then he also gave me a lovely gift, an empty dragon tea tin which I will use, and I told him I can use more!  Friends of mine will be gifted with the beautiful tins, and so, the circle came round to opening my heart back to giving.

You never know when a gift or a smile will change a life.

W16 5 19 BI DRAGON TIN 002All these images are sketched in the Bright Ideas journal with Platinum Carbon pen,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document black ink,
White Uniball Signo pen, Fat white Pitt pen, and colored pencils.


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4 Responses to Bright Ideas, Week 5: Gratitude in Gifting

  1. Dan Antion says:

    It’s true that “you never know what is happening in another person’s life” but that only works for the initial reaction. Refusing an apology is hard to understand.


    • Actually, I was thinking that she had no idea what was going on in my life, but it does cut both ways. And yes to the initial reaction only. I don’t remember ever refusing a sincere apology. Ever. Not through a dead husband, being on drugs in surgery, etc. etc…. It is a sine qua non for me — people have to be able to come back from missteps (or sins, as some call them) or why are we here at all? We ALL say/do stupid things sometimes….

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  2. Kate I’ve been there and it is not a happy place. I’m just so darn thrilled to read that your doctor’s decision to finally make use of your generous gift to him and to share his sketches with you lifted your spirits and encouraged you to open your tender heart again. You are a treasure.


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