Today I was reminded of a wise saying

Nothing befalls a man except what is in his nature to endure.

(Marcus Aurelius)

To that I’d add that “enduring” is a lot easier if you have a good support system,

and at the darkest moments you focus on those you love,

and doing what you love to do:

Watercolor and Gouache Gold Spiral and Diamond Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

Truth be told, I’m also discovering that enduring isn’t possible without growth

– the silver (golden?) lining, I suppose –

Without intending, this design which flowed from my paintbrushes today

feels symbolic of awareness, strength, endurance, and growth.


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