Jack of All Trades

Sometimes I think my blog should just be about diabetes–or about diabetes and food, or mindfulness and diabetes, or diabetes, mindfulness and food with some art thrown in–and maybe a poem or two every once in a while. In other words, I can’t focus on just one thing but fret that it should be about one thing, have one focus.

In high school, a music teacher, on learning that I wanted to change instruments, said, jack of all trades, master of none. I switched anyway (from tuba to cello) but that phrase rang in my mind for years, probably because I heard it all my life in one form or another, and in just about every sphere from work to the arts. Eventually I internalized it.

I now believe you can indeed do many things well if you are allowed to do them. Though often thwarted, I kept trying to do the things I loved, and without support, I did them out of sight, with whatever energy I had left after doing the thing(s) people told me I should do, but in my heart never wanted to–for years I felt diminished, powerless and unsuccessful…

mandala ©VSpain

mandala ©VSpain

Which brings me back to this blog’s content: diabetes, health, simplicity, food, spirit and creativity… everything that comprises a healthy life. Art is not separate from work, work is not separate from health, health is not separate from spirituality–none are separate from each other and all are connected, as we are connected to/related to every living thing.

For me, writing a regular blog is like drawing in a daily sketchbook. Over time, shapes, colors, symbols, and themes recur to create a unique visual language. Through blogging my interests, ideas, and concerns constellate around the subject of real health: food, spirituality and creativity.

 

We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. ~Joni Mitchell.

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