This has been a tough couple of weeks for me, going from the high of believing I had discovered the meaning of life, to losing it at the click of a mouse button, when a misplaced picture box deleted my profound discovery. And to the even greater low of losing a very dear life long friend, to a sudden heart attack, and then staying down their because of an anonymous note in my mailbox, saying my dog is a noise nuisance, when I am housebound 95% of the time due to ill health, and the fact that we've only been letting him out in the back yard, when we are out for the past 3 weekends!! I have feared this kind of negativity, so much so, that I've forgone medical treatments, or meetings with friends, all because I harbored this fear, and now it has materialized. Heartbroken, was I, at the lack of kindness and understanding in the community around me. Whatever makes them feel big and important, I guess!! I must not let them control my life so, or darken my energy, my life force....
According to me... and many others.... The deep and secret meaning of life is to love all things and show gratitude for their existence no matter how small and insignificant they seem to you, or how small and insignificant you feel you are to them! To lead a great life filled with meaning and purpose is to be a positive source of energy no matter where you go, what you do and most importantly, what you predominantly think, and feel! I may have felt very negative for the last few days, at the loss of my friend, and at the unsocial method of communication received in my mailbox. I may even have felt negative when starting this blog post, but the point is, I don't have to keep feeling that way. I can change how I feel by changing how I react to any given circumstance, and so can you. Love is Love!!
My friend Paul Alexy was a great man. He had no fears, and loved everyone he met, with open arms, and an even bigger wide open heart. It didn't matter if you where from a high rise New York Million Dollar apartment or from the Slums of India, Paul would have treated you in the exact same way. He loved PEOPLE, and LOVED to put people in uncomfortable social circumstances, so that they would be challenged, and these challenges would make them grow as a people and enable them to conquer their fears. At 16 he suggested I try flying in a Microlight hang glider thingie... I told him to go and jump in a lake! At 21 he suggested I move 10,000 miles away from home to Japan and become an English teacher, and I did! Maybe I will go fly in that Microlight or do something equally as scary, all in his honor Paul did many great things for the poor and improved the lives of many kids around the world! He worked with Mother Theresa in India, cheated death in the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand, and he made me into a world traveler! He funded his astonishing adventures through the education of others in the Art of The English Language, I have followed in some of his footsteps, at least. More will follow...
What Paul has taught me is to live well, and help others live well, too! I may be struggling with many of life's great unanswered questions, and battling with the demons of crippling fears, and self doubts, and self sacrificed health, as many others do, but if Paul taught me. anything, it is to have faith in others, and believe in yourself; someday, maybe I will find that light, that energy source, that I have been looking for, and will come to realize that has been within me this whole time, if I can begin to see it in myself, then pretty soon I'd be able to see it in others. I hope others can see it, too?
So, to begin with, I will give ALL of my lovely neighbors a 50% discount on my Pet Portraits, for them and their Families and Friends!!
Love Thy Neighbor - Even if they don't love me, yet!
I give a Shout out to #YarraRangesCouncil! Thank you for your tremendous support! Big Love!! XOXO
Hi, my name is Chrystal Carter, I am a mother to three lovely girls. I emigrated with my husband to Australia in December 2014, and have been living the dream, ever since! We are settled in the Dandenong Ranges and I have recently set up my brand new home art studio , in the heart of the hills, Tecoma. Here, I can follow my life long dream of being an artist drawing another of my greatest passions, animals, in particular, peoples beloved pets. I have always been fascinated by animals, nature and wildlife and where better to pursue my passions than here in Australia, and it certainly hasn't disappointed me! Follow me as a take on this new venture and brave new world, together with my wonderful family, and not forgetting my furry companions, Vin the Cat and Juno the Dog!