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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"A heart filled with anger has no room for love."

"The Rose"
Original oil by Rachael Inch
"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself."

Its ironic really, when you have been hurt we are told to forgive to grow as people. But how do you forgive when you are hurting so badly?

A great friend once said to me that when you acknowledge that pain and say "ouch" that hurts. Acknowledge why you are hurting and then forgive because you are only hurting yourself, then you can truelly grow as a person.

The price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity is too high.

Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, but it is really for ourselves.

Of all the things we can give other people in life, forgiveness is one of those that require the most effort.

Discouraging and spiteful words and actions from other people can only have the desired effect if you want them to. Give yourself the pleasure of a free spirit.

When we take vengeance on people whom we think have done us an injustice, we will only end up bitter and resentful.

Each day has opportunities for us to let go of or hold on to grudges. So the choice is yours at the end of the day... are you going to keep holding on to the bug thats making you sick or are you going to forgive and let go?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Inspiration means "Taking in your breath"

"Path of life"
original oil work by Rachael Inch

Inspiration lifts you up and makes you feel connected with the world around you. To achieve this you must experiance life, sounds like a cliche really but I mean it, to be inspired you have to feel.

You have to hurt, love, laugh and cry. Because it is through life's adversity that you learn the most. Being Inspirational is an incredibly humbling and exhausting gift. Often I can sit here and think why the hell is all this happening to me and play the poor me card but then I sit back and think... no what do I have to learn from this situation. That gut feeling that things are not right and that "lightbulb" that goes on when you figure out why its happening is the moment that will create the most inspiration. I then translate that into painting and hopefully inspire someone else, whether its through words or through painting, I have to get that messsage out there that you need to "Listen to your heart above all other voices."

I believe we all have a purpose, I believe in everything happening for a reason and sometimes... thats an incredibly hard pill to swallow.

Each morning when you open my eyes say to yourself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."

Never ever give up being you, because u are worth it!