I have been sick with a chest infection for the past week. It sneaks up on me once a year and insists on running its course through my system despite my best efforts to counter it. I hate being sick, it doesn’t suit my personality. I’m inclined to feel sorry for myself.
To paraphrase the proverb
“Health is the invisible crown people wear, which only sick people can see”
I like that. I think it sums it up nicely what I was experiencing. I will be back to full health soon but when you’re in the throes of it you don’t remember that really.
One evening, my children were watching a cartoon which featured an elephant in a red bowtie. I was intrigued with this animation, the talking elephant with the red bowtie. He was laughing and waving his trunk like arms in the air. He seemed the picture of robust good health and I felt myself envious of his good spirits.
I was running a bit of a fever at the time, is all I can say in my defense. It is vaguely interesting though what corners our attention at any given time. If I was in the full of my health I would just barely glance at the television. Just another cartoon really. But now I’m not so sure.
I’m inclined to pay more attention to things that catch my attention. I don’t immediately discount them and I don’t roll out the red carpet for them either. I just observer for a bit and then resolve to remember, and maybe then in the distillation of time something will reveal itself.
Like an idea or a notion for a new painting, or a new approach. Ideas are like ghosts, you just have to keep talking to them and maybe in time they reveal themselves, and maybe some even become new paintings.
Have a lovely healthy day!!