Animals, Life

Today and Tomorrow

“Riding Bareback”

“Rest easy today and live your dreams, for we do not know what tomorrow may bring.”~M #Quote #Encouragement #Wisdom JustBelieve #HopeLives

What are you doing in the midst of the quarantines, stay at home orders, shut down of businesses, limiting of non-essential travel and just all around craziness to stay sane?

This picture is my daughter riding her horse at the barn. It’s a place we can go to escape for a while. Family is important during this time and making memories is still possible and essential. Our love for others should have no bounds.

While it often feels that many of our freedoms are slowly being taken away little by little, I leave you with this.

“When riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” – Helen Thomson #quote

Godspeed my friends. Now what will you do to today? Tomorrow?

Animals, Photograph, Poetry

Happy Places

“The best view is always looking between a horses ears!” ~Mark Wayne

Through sun and shadow
Across mountains divide
Down the valleys wide
Sitting tall in the saddle

Carrying our burdens
Despite the rain and wind
Two hearts intertwined
Tending to our afflictions

Sharing a little bit of sunshine on a gray rainy day in the Pacific Northwest. May you always have a little sunshine in you heart. Hoping you can always find a happy place and hold it close in your heart. One of my happy places is the barn where I occasionally get to ride my daughters horse.

Where is your happy place?

Animals, Art, Life, Writing

Finding the Courage When You Fear the Beginning

horse-sketch
18×24 Acrylic Board    Pencil Sketch

The above picture is the preliminary pencil drawing on acrylic canvas board for a new horse painting. I am anxious about beginning, wondering if it will at all resemble the image I have in my mind and yet there is the excitement of starting a new painting.

The Beginning – We so often, myself included, hesitate when starting something new. The fear of failure, and even success, hinders our courage to reach out for something more. I know staring at the vast emptiness of a blank white canvas or paper is so often  overwhelming at times. While my mind conjures images of what could be revealed on that surface.

The Fear – It keeps us bound, the what, if’s and but’s that haunt our thoughts. Our own self-doubts that assail our best intentions of doing something great. We stand at the door and knock, we stand at the edge of the cliff ready to fly wondering if we truly can fly.

The Courage – Is inside of each of us, that still small voice. That little light that will always illuminate the dark. If only, we would take that first small step. So it begins and failing is not as bad as never trying at all. To reach for the stars and the desires of our own hearts.

Carpe Diem – I encourage you to begin, right where you are right now. To follow your path, to seek and live your life. Allow yourself to fall, to fail, to wonder, to question and to live without regret. You never know, the journey may be even more beautiful and wonderful than you ever imagined.

PS – Share your journey with me, I would love to hear about it and encourage you along the way. Connect with me here on the blog or through email, info@markschutter.com. I am also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I will post pictures of my painting as it progresses and who knows, it just might turn our even better than I hope.