detail of hand-panted textile

” It is important to have a sufficiently elevated life condition so that you will be able to calmly accept whatever happens in life, striving to put problems into proper perspective and solving them with a positive attitude. Happiness blossoms forth from such a strong and all-encompassing life condition.” — Daisaku Ikeda

I installed a new support in my bathroom..

Keep in mind that I am an artist

And care deeply about aesthetics.

So- WHAT is a girl to do with the VISUAL ASSAULT

Of this elevated commode seat, I ask you?


BIG, bulky and entirely ‘hospital-fare’ looking.

The thing is: the assist it gives me helps a lot.

How does one buffer these marks in time which could so easily be turned into tics on the wall

Measuring decline?

Each time I have invited assistance of this sort into my life;

1. AFO leg brace
2. knee brace
3. Walker
4. Power wheelchair, ramps

I find the need to do an ‘ego-overhaul.’

The initial sting of present reality asks to be dealt with.

Am I less? Sicker? Farther down the rabbit hole of a carved-in-stone diagnosis?

Is this new thing EVIDENCE for that story-line?

“Cathy.. Do you deserve support?”

“Indeed, I do.”

“So get over yourself and receive it gracefully.”

And so… I do.

In this case, I knew I needed a visual and energetic buffer of some sort to assuage the assault..

I took an exquisite piece of silk, handmade lace I inherited from my grandmother and draped it over the elephant in the bathroom.

The incongruity of it has me laughing when I see it.

And so… I have slipped the clutch of ego once again

And crafted a better story.

I am so entertaining to myself!

And onward I go

In the quest for crafting a life of beauty.


3 Responses to “Elevation”

  1. Judy on January 26th, 2012

    My bathroom grab bars have saved my ass more than once. They no longer look clinical to me, more like they’re my new best friends.

  2. Elisa on January 27th, 2012

    How delightfully you!!!!!

  3. Jane on March 21st, 2012

    you are inspiring

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