Friday, 10 February 2012


" In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle our inner spirit. " Albert Schweitzer

AND who rekindles your spirit more than the love, consideration and thoughtfulness of friends?
Friends,who read you so well, sometimes when you cannot read yourself.  On a dreary February afternoon last week, frustrated with work, struggling with a health issue and generally just having " one of those days" that we all get from time to time,  my life was brightened by the beauty, goodness and sweet thoughts of two dear friends.  Out of the blue, a ring on the door bell brought a box of unbelievable joy from my friend Stephanie Novatski.  In the plain brown box, was another beautiful hand made box with my name on it.  When I opened it, there lay the most incredible work of her hands.  An amazing journal filled with loving thoughts and memories of our friendship and the time we spent together working on the Art Bra projects. The hours of work designing meticulous embellishments, delightful sayings and photo holders boggled my mind and I was overwhelmed to think she would invest so much time in creating such a delightful gift for me. Each page I turned brought such joy and heartfelt emotion.  Such talent she possesses!

 As I gently leafed through her book a second time taking in all the intricate details, the door bell rang once again.  When I answered, there stood a delivery man holding a box of flowers.  Not being a holiday, or special occasion, I could not imagine who would be sending me a gift of flowers?  As I carefully removed the wrapping, with the help of my two feline studio assistants (-:  a card dropped out, " Love Vic ".  This gorgeous breath of fresh air was sent from my friend Victoria Adams Brown, " just because", as she explained. Another spirit lifter of the highest order, most unexpected and deeply appreciated.

 I am amazed, pleased, grateful, delighted - my spirits lifted and my soul nourished. To say, the least, I am feeling loved and most appreciative that art has brought two such beautiful, intuitive women and their loyal and loving friendships into my life.  I am truly blessed.

" The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights."
 - Giotto di Bondone

1 comment:

  1. Leonie, I am thrilled these flowers arrived at just the right time! And happy to know there is a fabulous florist near your home. You are so good to be sure Joanie has lovely flowers and you deserve them too!

    I want to live in the moment and appreciate each day, but I have no need for winter...and flowers seem to push the winter days along.

    Your friendship means the world to me. I am blessed.