If you know only one aspect of my creative intention, I would like it to be my gift of the ordinary in our everyday. Yes, there are grand moments, brilliant moments and even tragic moments in our lives. But it is the everyday, the ordinary which holds the greatest mystery. On this day, Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I feel compelled to take you with me on a quiet walk of thankfulness in our local Mayne Island Japanese Garden. This garden is a work of volunteer love and healing in recognition of the Japanese Canadians who lost their homes and lands on Mayne Island during their interment during the second world war.
Looking through the trees and standing in between I am thankful for all that is.
Standing still and quiet as the winter birds shuffle the last of the fall colour on the ground, I breathe easy.
Have a seat and we shall stay a while longer.
Then, when you are ready, we shall walk across the bridge and out onto the small inner island of the Japanese garden.
There is evidence that the seasonal Christmas lights are being strung. Today though, it is just the natural warmth of winter light and the last bits of gold in contrast to a thin layer of ice on the pond.
What is your own most powerful mystery in the ordinary of your everyday today?
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
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