The Art of Life

Grand TetonsI know! It's been six weeks since I've been in touch!  You probably thought I had fallen off the ends of the earth - except, none of you, that I know of, is a member of the "Flat Earth Society."  I've been out of communication because I have fallen off the ends of living my life in a lodgical, reasonable, predictable way, and am throwing myself head-long into The Great Art of Life!

I once heard that "all art is really just an analogy for The Great Art of Life." During the last six weeks of living creatively, we have migrated to Jackson, WY; I've written nine songs; have done a photo shoot and interview for a National Music Magazine; and have started a regular gig on Saturdays at brunch time - 10:30am - 1:30 pm at a cute little cafe called "Cafe Boheme:"where artists, athletes, and intellectuals Jazz Postergather for good food, better ideas, and great music! What can I say? They serve lemon crepes and have the best coffee and croissants I've every tasted!

In addition, we have a new music director at church and I am active in the music program there as well as my regular Monday night Jackson  Hole Hootenanny.  The Great Art of Life sometimes takes a lot of energy! I've missed not connecting to my friends, though, and it feels good to be back in touch.

The expression: "all art is really just an analogy for the great art of life," was beautifully illustrated to me yesterday.  I was witness to the first swimming lesson of 10 tiny ducklings in our front pond.  The patience of "mother duck" was inspiring. There were several "stages" to this experience so there would be ample time for the ducklings to adjust to their new skills and environment.

Mom and babiesThe ducklings were huddled close around  mom for at least the first 45 minutes that I was witness to this experience.  Then they stood around the edge where there were rocks and they could dip their webbed feet into water.  Then mom ventured into the edge of the water where her feet were on the rocks and the little ones gathered around her in the shallow water and rocks area.

Mom showed the little ones how to stick their beak into the grassy water to get whatever tasty tidbits they could find - one duckling repeatedly thrilled at its ability to venture out from the flock and swim back again.  He was obviously greatly impressed with his new-found freedom. His little webbed feet were taking him places he never realized before that he could go!

In the WaterThe mother duck swam a little further away from the edge with ducklings following her. Our adventurous duckling was have a great time swimming several feet away, then back again.  Mom spent the next two and a half hours swimming to various parts of the pond as the ducklings experimented with their swimming and snacking abilities and following her each time.  They would all "hang out" there for awhile and then move on to other environs: shallow, deep, grassy, rocky. I didn't see them leave, and experienced a bit of loss this morning when I did not see them there in the pond.

Taking this sweet lesson from nature, I think of times when I have stayed  hunkered down in a secure, safe little environment wondering how far I could go if I just let myself take a risk and venture out a little ways.

I remember when I first started out in my music career, most of the time people would say, "Oh, you don't want to do that; it's such a hard life."  I knew they were right, and at the same time I knew that I wanted to sing professionally.  I didn't know why, there was no lodgic to it, and mostly reasons why NOT to do it.  I still don't exactly know why I do it - except that it makes me so happy and so fulfilled. And this has finally become my guide, because lodgic never was able to explain it.

Maybe that is just the nature of learning about the wild places inside of ourselves - like observing the ducklings that learn how to swim and venture into unknown territories. When the wild places inside of ourselves are being explored - the vast wilderness of unknown depth - it allows us to come into contact with the pulsating creative force of the Divine Mystery and the thrill of being alive.
 

7 comments

  • Jacquie
    Jacquie
    What crazy timing. I loved reading the story and am prime for an adventure. Thanks for the inspiration.! I hope you're well...and guarantee I'll see you singing soon! Jacque

    What crazy timing. I loved reading the story and am prime for an adventure. Thanks for the inspiration.! I hope you're well...and guarantee I'll see you singing soon!

    Jacque

  • Jeannie
    Jeannie
    Lee, What a FABULOUS letter! It's so good to hear something so personal from you, and I'm inspired to lead my life more artfully and more Wabi-Sabi than logically! Love you! Thanks for the heartfelt letter and I applaud your courage to be LEE.!!!! Love, Jeannie

    Lee, What a FABULOUS letter! It's so good to hear something so personal from you, and I'm inspired to lead my life more artfully and more
    Wabi-Sabi than logically! Love you! Thanks for the heartfelt letter and I applaud your courage to be LEE.!!!! Love, Jeannie

  • Holly
    Holly
    Hi Lee ~ It’s a delight to hear of your new home [whoa those mountains are glorious], the adventures that are unfolding and the precious gift of watching the art of life unfold in wild territory! I wish you every success in your new home and within the artists life that’s expanding. Sounds like you into the music scene already – making connections and growing….so good to hear! I’m in layout for my poetry book, 106 poems will complete the collection! The next step is submitting the collection to poetry contests…we’ll see if the world is ready for my sensibilities! Keep in touch – always let me know when you’re in town! My best to Rick! Warmest regards,Holly

    Hi Lee ~

    It’s a delight to hear of your new home [whoa those mountains are glorious], the adventures that are unfolding and the precious gift of watching the art of life unfold in wild territory! I wish you every success in your new home and within the artists life that’s expanding. Sounds like you into the music scene already – making connections and growing….so good to hear!

    I’m in layout for my poetry book, 106 poems will complete the collection! The next step is submitting the collection to poetry contests…we’ll see if the world is ready for my sensibilities!

    Keep in touch – always let me know when you’re in town! My best to Rick!

    Warmest regards,Holly

  • SEA
    SEA
    One of my fav books from a loonnng time ago is by Dr. Susan Jeffers, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Sounds like that's what you are doing and I am so happy for you. Your email is lovely, especially about the ducks. Thanks, Lee. Hugs, SEA

    One of my fav books from a loonnng time ago is by Dr. Susan Jeffers, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Sounds like that's what you are doing and I am so happy for you. Your email is lovely, especially about the ducks. Thanks, Lee.
    Hugs,
    SEA

  • Becky
    Becky
    What a wonderful experience. We have had the pleasure of two families of foxes at our cabin this year. One family is red and the other grey. They have grown more accustom to us as we did a major roof rebuild in the last three weeks, but they still have reservations. Our greatest joy was when the black bear that we have heard so much about decided to pay the cabin a visit early one morning as we enjoyed coffee on the deck. She saw us above her but was not disturbed and went along with her own business. Even though she seems gentle, I have had enough bear experiences to know that you can never tell. I will be rethinking what I take with me as I hike the hill. My bear spray may get a NC workout instead of a WY one. Looking forward to August. It is hard to imagine that it is so close. See you soon Becky

    What a wonderful experience. We have had the pleasure of two families of foxes at our cabin this year. One family is red and the other grey. They have grown more accustom to us as we did a major roof rebuild in the last three weeks, but they still have reservations. Our greatest joy was when the black bear that we have heard so much about decided to pay the cabin a visit early one morning as we enjoyed coffee on the deck. She saw us above her but was not disturbed and went along with her own business. Even though she seems gentle, I have had enough bear experiences to know that you can never tell. I will be rethinking what I take with me as I hike the hill. My bear spray may get a NC workout instead of a WY one.
    Looking forward to August. It is hard to imagine that it is so close.
    See you soon
    Becky

  • Barb
    Barb
    Lee, love your pix! When we lived at Blake VandeWater's ranch, we had a pond of baby ducks and geese and our own pet goose! (2.2 miles north of Wilson) Britt and I are going to Denver tomorrow (Wednesday) to pick up her hubby and see friends, my x mom-in-law included! and maybe shop! Barb

    Lee, love your pix! When we lived at Blake VandeWater's ranch, we had a pond of baby ducks and geese and our own pet goose! (2.2 miles north of Wilson)
    Britt and I are going to Denver tomorrow (Wednesday) to pick up her hubby and see friends, my x mom-in-law included! and maybe shop!
    Barb

  • David
    David
    Lee, You are truly a life artist! Sounds like great creativity is sprouting for you this summer in the high country. Have fun and keep the updates coming. Looking forward to the magazine article and photos... and the new music when you get within listening distance... Luvs, David

    Lee,

    You are truly a life artist! Sounds like great creativity is sprouting for you this summer in the high country. Have fun and keep the updates coming. Looking forward to the magazine article and photos... and the new music when you get within listening distance...

    Luvs,
    David

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