Small victories are wondrous things to behold… They are made of the energy that keep us paddling forward, with our teeth bared in resolute grins and our fists ready for whatever might come next!
Those of you who know Oma Linda, headmistress and soul of Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts, know that she has been dealing with many health issues. During our last exchange, Oma wasn’t sure if 2015 would Celebrate Oz, a blog party she has hosted for four years. I was saddened by this (and a tad worried). Not because we wouldn’t be partying in Oz, but because the postponing of an event she loves so much might’ve meant that my Oma was too tired to bare her teeth at the charging beast.
Anyone who lives with a chronic condition understands that there are some things we must give up or modify, if we want to keep them in our lives: running might morph into elaborate stretching; writing 1,300 words of fiction a day might turn into penning a short poem and feeling beyond ecstatic if one’s tired brain delivers 500 useful words… Those kinds of changes are to be expected and never dwelled upon (much). Life happens and we must happen with it (and evolve).
However, when our maladies force us to give up the wonderful bits we do in order to make our hearts giggle and cackle in delight (i.e. Celebrate Oz for Oma Linda and Witches in Fiction for me), then the things that ail us have probably taken too much out of us… chunks big enough to truly worry those who love us.
Well, I don’t have to worry about my beloved Oma Linda having been engulfed too tightly by the bull of pain, for she has taken the bastard gently by the horns and is reshaping the energy it puts out into the glorious Shadow of Oz, something we can Celebrate with her.
A few days ago, my wicked Oma Linda said that her word for 2015 was “acceptance”. I told her “I chose an acceptance/patience hybrid” word to rule my year. Accepting what life throws our way doesn’t we aren’t fighting. On the contrary, it signifies we’ve grown enough to understand when we need to embrace the not so pleasant bits, and wait patiently until we can kick unpleasantness in the teeth (mayhap gently) and craft it into something we can love and our souls can feed on.
If you haven’t joined Oma Linda’s Celebrate Oz 2015 yet, fly over there and hold hands with many daring souls as we embrace the Shadow of Oz: “…go dark, go wild, go underground, go whichever way you choose. Tell us how the books or movies gave you a scare or a fright. Or maybe the shadow inspired you to tell of another part of Oz that the sun has not quite touched. Write, paint, draw, construct, design…” Do those artful things you like and love, which tell those who know you that your heart is alive and kicking. ♥
artwork, by SunshineShelle