Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Starting the day with confidence
Vincent van Gogh's colorful and passionate brushstrokes awaken the canvas with movement and personality. So often, there is an intensity and energy conveyed in his paintings. This Expressionist painter's style attracted my attention as a young college student. I remember going to Barnes & Noble to pick up one of those over sized art anthologies dedicated to van Gogh's paintings. The above painting of the sower confidently striding into the fields has always been one of my favorites. Ready to face an exhausting day of field work and chores, this sower can tackle any of the day's challenges. A luminous sun is filling the sky and energizing this young man as he begins his morning routine.
As a wife and mother, I get bogged down by the same tasks each day. New challenges may be few and far between. Just as the sower starts his day with confidence, I should jump start my attitude with a little self-esteem boost. I may not be strutting my stuff in an executive board room, but I can still exude confidence in what I get done every day at home. As a stay at home mom, I can benefit from holding my head high each morning and feeling good about what lies ahead. Your day is as good as you make it. Whatever you do today, walk with confidence. I'll try and remember this advice when I have two fidgety children complaining that we have to pick up their brothers tonight from a CCD class. I can't let that whining wear me down :)