When out-of-the-blue good fortune bursts upon us, it’s in our best interests to be prepared to change our plans. In this article “Stumbling on Happiness *”, I trust my heart — and follow all the other advice I’ve been giving you loyal readers of Fresh Horses.
Stumbling on Happiness *
We plan our lives, like our art projects, with a view to a successful outcome. Often things don’t turn out quite the way we expected.
Three and a half years ago when I began Heartsong Studio as a business, I knew I could help clients discover, uncover and recover their wild creative potential. My plan was to focus on this work to give meaning to my life after my elderly husband with Alzheimer’s was in permanent care.
But my future didn’t unfold at all as I’d imagined. One problem was that the time spent teaching and on other activities necessary to running a business severely cut into the time I could devote to my primary interest — artmaking.
Sometimes — perhaps once in a lifetime — we may stumble on true happiness.
A fortunate turn of events I could not have imagined has changed the direction of my life for the next 30 or so years that may be allowed me. This newborn fulfillment within my life has given it a purpose and joy, but has made it impractical to devote adequate time to also continue with my web-based business.
So, this is the final Fresh Horses newsletter.
I’ve enjoyed my interrelationship with every one of my clients and learned a great deal from each of you. I’ve enjoyed and grown from writing this newsletter and from the thoughtful responses it has provoked from my readers.
Heartsong Studio website will remain up for a several months with its archive of Fresh Horses back issues. You will still be able to write comments on any of the articles.
Although I am shutting down the storefront, I remain interested in your artistic development and am open to exchanges of creative ideas. I would welcome all correspondence that you may wish to send in future to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you will draw encouragement from my example.
No matter what age you are at or stage in life, if you feel within you the urge to create, that of itself is proof of your potential. Please join me in continuing to uncover and evolve your creative expression, as a vital way to sustain your health and happiness.
*”Stumbling on Happiness” is a book by Daniel Gilbert.