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Marlee2
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   Posted 1/23/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
The priest told a story yesterday at Teri's funeral that some of you may have already heard but I hadn't and it really touched me.
 
There was an artist that was painting a picture in front of an audience and when he stepped back the people were amazed at it's beauty. He said,"wait it's not finished". He took a brush and streaked lines of paint across the picture and the audience gasped that he had ruined his work of art. He turned the picture on it's end and the streaks of paint became a beautiful water fall surrounded by flowers.
 
He used this to describe how cancer had marred Teri's life for awhile but in the end she is looking at something much more beautiful than she had.
 
I couldn't help but think about all the things that have marred my life over the years and how in the end I was a better person for having gone through it.
 
I tried to apply this to fibro and the other disorders I deal with everyday and thought maybe I need to keep turning the canvas til I see a beautiful picture emerge. I know having fibro brought me to join this wonderful forum and so many warm and caring people that I would have never met otherwise.
 
I could have lived without ever knowing what fibromyalgia felt like and been perfectly happy as I could have lived without a lot of other things that have happened in my life but I will keep turning the canvas to find the beauty in life and what I have been given to paint with.
 
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   Posted 1/23/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Marlee,

What a beautiful, inspiring post! It's so true that many of the "bad" things that happen to us in life end up making us the better for them.

I will try to turn the canvas and look at it from a different perspective....

(((hugs)))
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   Posted 1/23/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, I love that analogy!  It is so true.  I have met many wonderful people because of the health problems I have and I have become a more compassionate person, too.  We understand other peoples' infirmities far better because we have walked in some pretty uncomfortable shoes. 
 
Like you, I'll keep turning the canvas, too!  I'll be thankful for today and what I can do.  I'll keep looking for the beauty in my life, also.  Again, thank you for this post.  It is lovely.
 
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   Posted 1/23/2010 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee,
 
That was a lovely post.  It has changed my way of thinking today.  We just have to turn things around in our minds.  It can be done.  Though at times it is hard to do.  But with a little pushing and maybe a little shoving, I can bring my way of thinking around.
 
Thank you...
 
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   Posted 1/23/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, your post was beautiful and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing!
 
Life's journey is not always easy. In the end we find that the beauty of our lives is
in the love that we share with one another.
 
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   Posted 1/23/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing. I am a "turn the canvas" kind of person and now I have a better way to share it. I know some people that would enjoy and benefit from this story. Thanks again.

I am sorry for your loss.

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   Posted 1/23/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
......Thank you for sharing that absolutely beautiful and inspirational story with us.....i know i now will be turning the canvass......thanks again ..lyn
                          
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   Posted 1/23/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee,

Thank you so much for sharing this...it is just lovely and very inspirational.

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   Posted 1/24/2010 1:19 AM (GMT -7)   
What a wondrous post, Marlee!

I have a had time 'turning the canvas'. After reading this post I think I'll take a new look at it. Yes, there are many times I can see where I've become stronger and better for many of the trials I've been through and still live with but I still have some that I need to work on. Thanks for reminding me.

Warm hugs,
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   Posted 1/24/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, thanks so much for the post.  I too have really been down lately but I finally am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I appreciate what you shared with us yesterday.
 
God Bless!
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   Posted 1/24/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
We had a guy come to our church once and he did much the same thing but with pottery. He made this beautiful pot and then smashed it and then formed it again into another beautiful vase. The analogy is so beautiful, that what God created he can change and form again into something even more beautiful. Like he has done with your precious Teri. Big hugs to you!
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