Thursday, April 29, 2010

Embracing Change

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." 
Gail Sheehy 

Sometimes change feels easier than others. I made this piece several months ago in an afternoon art therapy group I participated in, and I was feeling fresh, optimistic, inspired. But it is a bumpy road. Some days, I feel more sure of myself than others. Some days I feel scared for all kinds of reasons. Still, I am committed to the journey, and to staying the brave course of discovery and change in pursuit of growth.

And too, when was the last time I made such a leap? Not since I graduated college in 1976 and moved to Chicago to build my own adult life. I miss the aliveness of creating a life, of taking risks, of trying new things. I believe it is possible at any age, and I am going for it now while I still can.

To support me, we're currently discussing Middle Adulthood in my Lifespan Development psychology class, and I am a perfect bullseye for Erikson's seventh stage, Generativity vs. Stagnation. Right on schedule, I certainly feel this need to "commit to the continuation and improvement of society" and pass some contribution of value on to others.

What will my impact be? What will be my deepest challenge and deepest reward once I become an art therapist? It is too soon to know, but I look forward to finding out.

What changes do you long to make? What little steps are you taking to feed them, or what holds you back? Can we travel this road together? I'd like that.


  1. Arlene, your work is fabulous!

    I'm so impressed with your courage as you venture forth in a new direction. You have inspired me to take a baby step in a direction I've wanted to go for some time...

    It's good to have companions on our travels.


  2. wow! what a beautiful painting! you inspire me!

    You should make cards out of these. Such beautiful work!

    xoxo :O) Julie

  3. LOVE the picture...when did you make it...for the blog or prior? I love the quote: a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step. keep on steppin, my friend...

  4. Dear Arlene..We are so on the same page it's scary...You are my spirit sister. Cheers for courage and change...and for beautiful art like yours...

  5. clearly embracing change
    is working well for you
    with your beautiful painting!!
    wise words.
    lovely to visit.