Isn’t she lovely? This female blue crab was posing in 2007, on the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast. She has her protective shell surrounding her inner-self. When she wants something she does not go forward in a straight line, but she moves delicately and rhythmically from left to right, until she reaches her quarry.
I feel like this sometimes and for the past two weeks, I have been hiding away in my protective shell. I’ve been in a state of denial, allowing mindful thought to push away the world. I took up my sketching pencils, pastels, watercolors and soon now, I will remove the tops from my oil paints.
What do you do when you take a few days or weeks to be alone, in your own induced solitaire? I find that I re-group, sink low, rebound and refresh myself. Writing and creating is something that comes from within and it can be pushed and pressed into an article or story, but it shows. Taking a breath and finding renewed purpose is sage advice, even if I am the one telling myself to do this. I must listen so I will recover and increase in value. We are all of us valuable and it is necessary to understand these qualities must be nurtured.