I think I found my niche! Your article on loneliness made me think of reaching out. Since I love older ladies AND Art, I have offered to host an Art Day, once a week in my home, for some older friends to come paint, and just hang out. I am SO EXCITED, and so are they! They are good artists, so it's not like anyone has to be the teacher.
I don't know why I haven't thought of this sooner? See what Reluctant Entertainer has started?
I love this heartfelt email I received from a friend who regularly reads my blog. She is an encourager and a "balcony friend" in my life, for sure. When she shared this with me, I was elated to see how she has taken her passions and gifts, and --with inspiration and motivation -- she is using them. I asked her, “why the older ladies?”
I appreciate that there is no competition in her answer.
I think what I love about these ladies is their realness. How they view life having come out of the losses of their husbands. They have some real insights about what once seemed like irritants in their lives, things that now have become endearing to them. For example, the husband not picking up his socks off the floor - now they miss it.
They laugh freely and aren’t trying to impress anyone. They will have a glass of wine at NOON and not care who sees them. They have a confidence and depth that goes beyond the wrinkles. They are truly beautiful. I learn so much from them, and yet in some way they seem to get something from me too. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I pray God is using this for Him somehow.
Again, if you are reluctant to have people into your home because you aren’t a good cook, then maybe food is not your venue. Maybe your passions are sewing, art, visiting with young moms, gardening, mentoring – you name it!
Use what you really care about to reach out and bring the passion back into your life. Then it will all fall into place, just like it did for my friend.
I’m inspired to do a better job with the things I’m passionate about.
Will you join me?
(To read more about Joy Stealers, go here. Beautiful watercolors painted by my anonymous friend! Top: Reflecting, He Calms the Storm. Bottom: Old Grey, Cream & Crimson.)