I can do better...

By Diana Madaras

Often when I work, I like to listen to the TV. It keeps me company during the very solitary endeavor of painting and distracts my critical left brain. Last week, I "listened" to Wild - the movie starring Reese Witherspoon - about the woman who hiked 1200 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail. I was very taken with the story and often had to stop painting to gaze at the beautiful scenery. 

One line from the movie haunts me. It goes something like this, "There is a sunrise and a sunset every day. You can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty."

It is my job to put myself in the way of beauty. I get so busy with the demands of daily life, running the gallery, and working against deadlines, that I forget to stop and be present. I can do better at taking the time to see the beauty around me and more importantly, to appreciate it. So now I sit in my comfortable chair at the edge of the wash every morning at sunrise, even if for 10 minutes, to watch the quail family peck through the rocks for food and the ground squirrels chase each other around their hole home and, once in a while, I spy a coyote or bobcat slinking through the low brush. 

Two red cardinals show up almost every morning and dance atop the Palo Verde branches, illuminated by the delicate light at sunrise's peace and grace. I want to show up for the sunrise and the sunset more often...and everything in-between. 

Hope to see you soon. 

With gratitude,