I want to share something with you that happened for me back in March 2013. This was when I first launched Whimsy and Me at our local market called The Handmade Expo in Rockhampton.
You see it took a lot of courage for me to put my artwork out into the public eye and I had a great deal of concern that I would be laughed at and that people would be thinking "who in their right mind would by that?" But with encouragement of my family I choked down the butterflies of self doubt and went about setting up my very basic stall.
While I was setting up, a lady by the name of Elizabeth wandered over from her stall to check out my work. She stood for quite some time reading and pondering the words and taking in my artwork. I felt myself waiting for her to either walk away shaking her head or turning around to offer a disappointing opinion. Instead, what Elizabeth greeted me with was a tearful smile of gratitude for capturing for her the words she carried in her heart for her sweet daughter Clare whom had recently moved to Brisbane for studies. And with those tears she asked me for a hug, which I all too happily gave.
This is what Elizabeth shared with me regarding her feelings about Clare and my art work (and yes of course I have her permission to share it with all of you!).
"I count her as one of my true blessings and she brings me lots of joy. So "she added to her joy by counting her blessings " really touched me on two levels. Firstly because it applies to me but more because I have always tried to teach my children to appreciate the simple things and that gratitude is the foundation of true happiness. So it connects the two of us."
I think it was a moment for both of us. For Elizabeth it was one of release for the knotted up feelings she had for her daughter venturing away from home, and mine for the witness that I was in the right place and following what my heart so desperately yearned to do.
It seemed all too fitting that my first ever customer be one of the very special people to attend my first ever Whimsy and Me workshop. I love that we feel a connection that goes beyond what the eyes can see on any canvas. xxx