Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Yes, I Did Wake Up Like This!

This painting was inspired partly from Beyonce' but more from a Face Book post that I read. A young lady had posted her own glamour selfie, with the caption, "I woke up like this". I then scrolled down to read a few negative mean spirited responses from others, both men and women about her appearance. I am not sure what bothered them most, her appearance or her confidence. I thought to myself, who are they to question her beauty or anyone else's. Beauty is skin deep and by God's grace we are all perfectly imperfect. This young lady refused to believe the lie of some one else's definition of beauty, and proclaimed her own truth and I personally applaud her and praise God. This is the inspiration for "Yes, I Did Wake Up like This" pictured above.  It serves to be a visual reminder and positive affirmation of our own strength and inner beauty. 

We will be painting this picture at several of my upcoming "Paint, Sip and Soul with Lisa" fun art instruction classes.

My absolute favorite poem is called "Our Deepest Fear" by Marianne Williamson. I have the poem hung in my bathroom, office and studio. I wanted to share it again and say to my sisters, You Are Beautiful and You Did wake up like this. Step into your light ladies and simply bask!  

"Our Deepest Fear"

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
 It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, 
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
 Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. 
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that 
other people won't feel insecure around you. 
We are all meant to shine, as children do. 
We were born to make manifest the 
glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
 give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, 
our presence automatically liberates others.”

By Marianne Williamson

From her book "A Return to Love, Reflections from the Principles of the Course in Miracles"