I am a paddlepuss I would love, LOVE to learn to surf, but at 54 I am afraid I would be much more of a Barney than a MR. Don't get me wrong, I'm a strong swimmer and I think I could get over my fear of seeing the occasional NOAH but until I can get my courage up, I will stick to watching videos of my son surfing and Surf Now TV. Have you ever watched Surf Now, It's pretty RAD. What does learning how to surf have to do with 100 Cups of Compassion? 100 Cups is my art initiative that has spanned a decade or more and has culminated in hundreds and hundreds of 4 inch by 4 inch paintings of tea/coffee cups that are now all over the world. Putting my Cups of Compassion out into the world has sometimes been difficult. I don't always want to give my paintings away. I also worry about how they look and how they will be accepted, however, they have slowly been morphing into my personal Greenroom over the years. Learning to surf would mean putting myself out there for the world to see me as well. Not only see me in a bathing suit, but also to see me looking funny and failing over and over until I would hopefully get it right. Each of these situations brings to light so many of my shortcomings but through my years of training in art and my rich prayer life I have learned to trust God in ways I have never been able to do before. My Cups of Compassion are now on a trajectory that I would not have seen coming years ago. As for my surfing goals, maybe my desire to be an MR or Aggro is a little far reaching. Maybe my goal in the surfing world should just be that of a Grom Mum for the time being. As for my Cups of Compassion, I am putting them out there in a BIG WAY! They are on a gnarly path. Let's see where the fetch takes them and pray I don't get pitted. Stay tuned...
My son surfing.
By getting out into the community, I have the opportunity to meet strangers, engage in conversations, and give my paintings away to COMPLETE STRANGERS! In practicing using my Art as a form of compassion, I must overcome my ego to use my time, talent, and money to create an original work of Art to give away, not for sale in hopes of making someone else’s day a little brighter.