all that I have to remember you
|journal page, document your life|
For whatever I have done to you, forgive me.
That is long past and forgotten.
Recognize your sweet nature.
All that I have to remember you, pictures with words, focal point and ephemera were the July journal prompts and theme for the document your life project.
|let it go, journal page|
Three years ago when I gessoed the pages in this book, I was still grieving the loss of my Mother. The words and sentences that I did not gesso over were messages to myself. Ways to show myself compassion and forgiveness. Reminders to let the pain go and permission to move forward.
|journal page with vintage photograph of my mother|
See? You do remember.I taught you dancing, too, and languages and all the music that I knewand how to love what's beautiful.
It was a slow and deliberate process with the hope of keeping the golden memories that I shared with my Mom.
Working on journal pages in this book now, I realize that I have progressed. The grief has lessened and the golden memories shimmer brighter and stronger.
You will find as you look back upon your life
that the moments that stand out,
the moments when you have really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in a spirit of love.
As memory scans the past,
above and beyond all the transitory pleasures of life,
there leap forward those supreme hours
when you have been enabled to do unnoticed kindnesses
to those round about you,
things too trifling to speak about,
but which you feel have entered into your eternal life.
The quote by Drummond sums up well the kind of person my Mother was. All those unnoticed kindnesses, small at the time, have become eternal and large for me now.
joining sunday sketches and document your life project