111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression
Day 67: Sailing with MayMa (Part 1)
Ginny swayed back and forth. The tightly-wound curls bouncing on her bare shoulders. Never before had she felt so free. With her manicured hands grasped tight to the railing, she recalled the last time she’d boarded a ship like this one. “Too long,” she murmured. “Much too long.”
In the moment, she needed to embrace every sensation. The crisp winter air bit at her rosy cheeks, but she couldn’t care less. Not once did she suppose her actions would draw attention towards them.
“MayMa,” a young voice called, “the mean men are coming.”
Ginny’s eyes flashed open, and her hands reached for those of her grandson.
“Come, Travis, let’s not dally.”
She guided them back towards the steel frame entry and down the cruiseliner’s corridor. She kept her pace brisk yet not rushed for fear that she’d alert onlookers to her distress.
“MayMa, I need to go potty.”
“We’re almost there, love. Almost there.”
She repeated the words to herself and wished she could believe her own claims.
**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 44 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**