My Four-Legged, Furry Family

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

There are many kinds of family.

For this challenge I’m focusing on my furry, four-legged family.

I do not believe we can “own” animals. I believe that when an animal graces our lives with its presence it is a great blessing and we will be held accountable, at some point, for our stewardship over it.

My little furry family blesses my life in so many ways they cannot be numbered, and I care for them the very best I can in return.

Thank you for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014 

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The Power of Love

Daily Prompt: Love

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Meet my teenage friend Danielle and her horse, Shadow.

Shadow is a roan three-year-old, maybe thoroughbred, (no one knows for sure yet) who was bound for the slaughterhouse earlier this year when Danielle’s employers at the time, owners of a local horse rescue, purchased him off the meat truck for a couple of hundred dollars.

He was given to Danielle and immediately a bond was formed.

The love of this young woman has saved this horse. And, as horses do, he’s rescuing her right back.

Now, that’s love.

Thanks for visiting.

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Let’s Talk About Peace

Today’s prompt:

Placebo Effect: If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

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Light House

Seems to me, as I observe the world around me, there’s a lot of talk about world peace and very little action.

Talk is cheap.

You want world peace?

Start at home.

It’s my observation, and experience, that until we can find the peace within ourselves we cannot hope to experience peace in our immediate circle never mind in the world-at-large.

The sad fact is, most people don’t have a clue what real peace even feels like.

Perhaps, like me, they’ve grown up in a broken home. Or maybe their experience is a war torn country or violent community or abusive home.

When the peace of home is interrupted, for whatever reason, and unbalances our experience of life we are, to borrow from yesterday’s theme, in conflict with ourselves trying to find that balance again.

This plays out in our struggle with the world even while most of us don’t understand why we’re struggling.

Memories are buried beneath layers of coping mechanisms which numb us from the truth of who we really are and prevent us from finding the peace within for which we crave.

We are angry, sad, resentful, self-abusive, guilt-ridden, unforgiving of others and, perhaps more importantly, of ourselves for whatever part we perceive we might have played in our pain.

As we unconsciously absorb all of that negative energy it gets projected outward at every one around us.

I know. I’ve seen it in my own family. I’ve done it myself.

It isn’t until we actually sit down and have a heart-to-heart with that hurt and grieving part of ourselves that we have a chance of finding the peace we desire … inside ourselves and out in the world.

Perhaps my view is simplistic. Still, I believe that each one of us, in every walk of life, needs to find our own inner peace if we have a hope of participating in peace on a global scale.

My painless, inexpensive cure for finding peace?

Self-awareness and love. Understanding why we are the way we are and the effect we have on the people around us is the key, and then lovingly repairing the broken parts of ourselves that speak so loudly and cause us, and those around us, such misery.

It starts with becoming the observer of your life. Investing in good books that help to raise awareness. And, if there is the opportunity, sitting down with a qualified third-party and talking things out for as long as it takes.

Addressing the emotional, mental and spiritual issues that drive our peace away is key.

“But this is expensive,” you protest.

Hmmm … not as expensive as destroying precious relationships and creating misery in the wake of our unresolved anger, grief, guilt, shame and resentfulness.

When we can find the peace within we can promote peace in the world around us.

I wish you peace.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Contentment

Black and white

There is something wholly soothing and comforting about watching a cat sleep.

And when there are two snuggled together like my little boys, Indiana and Jasper, it fills my heart with joy to know that we’ve been able to provide them a loving and secure home.

It’s been almost a year since we rescued them.

Just seven weeks old, they’d been abandoned in a cardboard box on the side of a busy road just outside of town. A local barn owner found them. I received a phone call from a mutual friend.

The next day these feline bundles of joy were nestled lovingly in our home … and in our hearts.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss … A Kiss Goodbye

A Kiss Goodbye

It was a sad, sunny afternoon, two summers ago, when we had to let our dear, old Oskar go.

This big, boisterous cat, who’d been my buddy through the peaks and valleys of life for 17 years, had been suffering on and off for several months with one malady or another. We knew the end was near when he developed a tumour on his neck and his weight started to drop. His quality of life, which had been my primary concern, could no longer be sustained. With heavy heart I soon realized we would have to say our last goodbye.

Abbey was particularly fond of Oskar, and he of her. When she joined our little menagerie as a rambunctious pup in 2008 the two of them bonded instantly. And so it was no surprise, as I sat on the porch with Oskar beside me on the two-seater that warm and sunny afternoon, that Abbey spent considerable time tending to her friend with gentle kisses.

Oskar lay there and purred in tragic contentment. With my heart strings pulled and tears choking my vision I took a moment to capture this precious kiss goodbye.

I miss him still.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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From My Heart … Happy Valentine’s Day

Wise Old Equus

It’s Valentine’s Day and I thought I’d take a brief detour from my usual photography and share a veil painting I created a few years ago that, in my eyes and heart at least, depicts love.

At first glance it looks like a mess of cool colours. However, if you sit with it for a moment, meditate on its free-form and experience the play of light and colour against each other, you might find a little meaning for yourself.

Because veil painting is a meditative art form there can be no preconceived notion of the final result. It’s very much a go-with-the-flow exercise which puts the artist in the moment and precipitates healing at the soul level. What springs from the canvas is always a surprise.

This particular painting evolved into something I call “Wise Old Equus.”

As I meditate on its form I am aware of the playful nature of a horse balanced by the wisdom of an owl. At the heart of their interaction is, interestingly enough, the outline of a healthy, pink heart.

The colours, the movement, the message of this, a favourite veil painting from my collection, is full of love, as I see it, and makes me smile.

It was created from my heart and is my gift to you this Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for visiting and indulging in a detour off the beaten path …

Dorothy 🙂

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