Finding your abilities within your disabilities,by Naturagirl

Finding your abilities within your disabilities,by Naturagirl

To the ones who still remember me: 'I am baaaack!'

I missed you all terribly and I look forward hearing from you again.

Short before I left and had sent my last painting, one lady wrote something in response to my contributions and your positive responses.

She asked something like 'is this some kind of hippie club? Why don't you just face that Fibromyalgia has destroyed our lives?' This lady was obviously very bitter about the cards life had dealt her and I was very sad for her.

All my previous contributions were intended to help to make people see that, even so our life has changed and taken a new direction, it was not destroyed, it just had changed.

Being disabled does not mean the end of our life, it means that we are challenged to find new ways to have a fulfilled life, to find our abilities within our disabilities.

We always have the choice to make the best out of any situation life places us in. Some people look at the new situation as a challenge and others as a curse. Some go on and some give up. We are here to encourage each other to go on and find our abilities within our disabilities and discover a new part within ourselves we might not have known before.

When I talk about myself and the challenges I have faced and am still facing, I want you to know that it is only to help and to encourage, definitely not to show off.

To the people who remember me and appreciated my art and written contributions: I arrived at the place of my dreams. I was often very close to breaking point and at one stage even had a nervous break down in middle of a public place, but despite all the pain and set-backs I got there. I started a new life and the last stage of my journey, the last position on my so called 'bucket list'. A new beginning.

Think of the mythical story of the Phoenix who burned his wings in the fire but eventually rose from the ashes as a new being.

Even so this painting, I made for my little granddaughter, is only a fantasy bird, I hope it brings my point across.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a new beginning!

Your friend Tess-Naturagirl

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  • Morning naturagirl so nice your back. Beautiful picture. Your words have hit me straight in my heart. You have written everything so well and every word is true. I wish I could come back with this response to people who knock us. Thank you. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and thanx again for the inspiration. Take care xxx

  • Thank you , Angie, for your kind words. Have a lovely, peaceful and pain-free Christmas!


  • Hi Albe, as I wrote, it's not a peacock just a fantasy bird.

    Happy Christmas and best wishes to you

  • Thank you, but no reason to apologize.

  • Dear Tess, I am so glad you are back. I don't suffer from fibro, I suffer from endometriosis which has me bed ridden for 3 weeks every month. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy looking at your paintings. They show me joy and color and promise of better days. You are really talented, please keep painting forever. And you are as talented with your words as you are with your paintbrush, what you said is so so true. Being disabled really does not mean the end of our life. Right now I am struggling a lot and your words give me hope to try and find something within my limitations and for that I am very grateful to you. I will not give up and I will keep trying. I am so happy that you have now arrived at a good place, I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world.

  • Dear Poorni, your kind response put tears in my eyes. Thank you so much to make me feel appreciated and to show me that I am on the right way.

    I am sending you all my love and healing thoughts and my wishes for better days without pain, as well as a peaceful and joyful festive season.

    Hugs Tess

  • What a lovely Christmas gift, Tess is back woohoo

    Welcome home Tess I've missed your works of art also your lovely words of wisdom.

    I hope you have settled in your new home and everything is going as well as you hoped it would.

    Merry Christmas Tess wishing you the best.

    πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„ πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜


  • Thank you Robbie, for the warm welcome and kind wishes. I still have to find a permanent home, but I am very confident. The people here are amazing and welcomed me, and my work, with open arms. and a place is only as good as the people who live there. .I am sure all will work out perfectly. My very best wishes to you and your family for Christmas. Love Tess

  • Hi my friend

    Welcome home! It is wonderful to hear from you again and I absolutely appreciate your meaning of a new beginning. I truly believe new beginnings keep playing out, throughout set moments of our lives and as one journey ends the new one commences. I want to sincerely wish you a merry pain free Christmas and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken :)

  • Thank you so much Ken, I almost feel like I returned back to my family. I could not agree more about your philosophy about new beginnings. May your sincere wishes reflect on you my friend. Happy Christmas.


  • :)

  • Hi

    Just be you

    Be true to yourself no ne else matters

    Happy Xmas

  • Hi Tess, great to see you back, I hope it all went smoothly for you. Lovely painting. And never a true word spoken. Well said. Hope you have a great Christmas & new year. Take care. Xxx

  • It's beautiful, I love the colours. It has really cheered up my dark winter morning.

    Just looked out of my window to a lovely pink/orangy sky, it's beautiful but probably means bad weather ahead. I will enjoy it's beauty while it lasts.

  • Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and New year.

  • same to you Kitten

  • Dear Tess I often wondered about your journeyings & the place you were going to . I am so glad you have arrived. Is it as you had hoped? Has it the fantasy of your lovely bird? I know it is early days ... so much to do & see. You have actually made me think of an adventure. Perhaps I will go to a fantasy land when I am fitter or is that time wasting? Should my adventure be now? Lots of questions, you see how much you made us think! Sorry, no more interrogation. It is lovely to hear you & see your artistic ability. Have a nice Christmas. To all you folk have a really lovely time ... I know it is not always so easy but take special care of you!! Peace & Love Pixiewixie xxx

  • Dearest Pixie, thank you for your kind words. I love nothing more than to motivate others to make most out of their life. Life is an adventure as it is, but if you are dreaming of something you always loved to do, don't let your disability stop you. You can be disabled anywhere. Just do what you can and as good as you can do it, and enjoy that.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I missed my kids at Christmas but I will get used to it as we still talk regularly on the phone.


  • Another stunningly beautiful painting, you have a great talent xx

  • Thank you so much!

  • Thank you for your wonderful post and beautiful fantasy picture. Your words are very true. I believe I have had several new beginnings.

    I am so glad you have found yourself somewhere great. I believe if we persistently take tiny steps toward our goal, we will arrive at the perfect time.

    :) I hope you have a wonderful day

    Take care Γ—Γ—

  • Dear Nikki, you are so right. Thank you for your encouraging words and dear wishes. Yours Tess

  • Hi naturalgirl why would someone say you are a hippie just because you have a gift of sharing your art with us - idiot.

    Glad you've paid no heed to this and have submitted a lovely picture again thank you I admire anyone who can draw , paint I can't draw a straight line - my dad was arty and my husband went to art school until his love of music won out.

    Really pleased you are now in a place of peace - keep the art coming as they are wonderful - good to have you back. Have a goodnight and take care. πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸ””

  • Thank you for your lovely message, Toolie. I do not believe that the "Hippie' "accusation" was directed towards my painting particular, more towards my written contributions and the resonance they had from others. Let's not be to harsh with the person who made these bitter comments. He/she was obviously at a 'bad place' at the time the comment was written.

    Nevertheless, it initially made me wonder if I should disappear back into oblivion. After marveling about it for a few weeks and reading all the positive comments, my contributions have triggered, again, I decided to come back.

    Love Tess

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