A Few Steps Toward Change

Heron-Campbell-River-webGreat blue heron near Campbell River, British Columbia

Just small ones…

If you want a new way of seeing, a tiny epiphany, a different version of yourself, this vast Canadian country is a good place to look. Space, change, beauty, room. You could find anything you wanted here.

A companion and I headed west. Just a little vacation, with wonderful friends to visit and beautiful scenery to look at along the way and on arrival. From Val Marie, Saskatchewan to Campbell River and Quadra Island, British Columbia. Three long days driving, 1800 kilometers/1100 miles, each way. With 11 days available in total from early departure morning to late arrival evening home, we must be nuts.

Nuts or not, it was great. Days of talk, time with the people we’ve known longest, vast ranges of prairie and mountain and seacoast. A lifetime best-ever heron sighting. Spring flowers and spring storms.

And days of thinking. I’d been thinking a lot lately, mainly about what wasn’t working. My paintings take too long to complete, my commitments are too many, I don’t get out enough, my heart isn’t in it. This is a different kind of thinking. My heart is in everything.

With my heart in it, I see that change doesn’t need to be as vast as Canada. I could change just a little. Get up a bit earlier, walk a bit oftener, do bit less of what I don’t want and a bit more of what I do. Not untold miles, but tiny steps.

What small steps can you take toward change?

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6 Responses to A Few Steps Toward Change

  1. Antoinette Hérivel March 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Next Time you come this far west come and visit on Gabriola! Lots of lovely things to see here

  2. Laureen March 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks! Gabriola is one of the islands I’ve never been on. Would love to.

  3. Gerri Ann Siwek March 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Artist’s doubts, second thoughts… lots can be said about that.

    • Laureen March 20, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      Gerri Ann, oh yes!

  4. Suzie Cheel March 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Laureen, amazing how we find that we don’t have to leave home to make the change to being us more joy, change is an inside job 🙂

    • Laureen March 20, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      “Change is an inside job” – great words Suzie!