The beginnings of relief today for which I was grateful. But relief was almost overwhelmed by sheer terror that the twinges I still felt in my back would give way to another episode of the extraordinary pain that I’d dealt with for the past 36 hours. This is, I’ve realized, a pattern I struggle with generally. It is difficult for me to just relax and I find I spend a lot of time in “flinch mode”.
The realization is in itself helpful. Noticing, I am able to do something, make changes, hopefully with a minimum of judgment.
We have been in a pattern of storms and sunshine here in St. Louis. It was nice to be able to appreciate the beauty of the clouds and the light again today. This painting is another that was difficult to capture. It is much more delicate in person.
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