Tuesday, June 19, 2012

So Much to Feel Good About

Dad and Freddie on Father's Day
This weekend was father's day.  My parents make a point of not celebrating what they call "Hallmark holidays," but, truth be told, my dad loves when we "recognize" him on this day.  And there is so much to recognize about him!  He was the child of Polish Jewish immigrants who came to the US (illegally I might add) in between the two world wars, with nothing in their pockets.  Moving in with relatives in Brooklyn, NY, they watched from afar while their village in Lodz, Poland, was decimated by the Nazis.  My dad raised pigeons on his roof, and was somewhat of a high school delinquent.  (He and his 4 best friends had a contest to see who could graduate high school with the lowest GPA!) But then, after working on the docks, he decided to turn his life around, and ended up graduating from Brooklyn Law School at the top of his class, as editor in chief of the law review.  He also, in his late teens, learned how to play tennis, starting a lifelong passion that has led him to successive Maccabi games in Israel as captain of the men's senior tennis team.  In July 2013, he will be inducted into the Jewish Athletes' Hall of Fame in Tel Aviv!  He has always seen life as full of possibilities. 
One of his greatest gifts to me is teaching me about the power of forgiveness -- view life's trials as lessons to learn from, and then let them go and move on.  To quote from a wonderful book, "A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life," "We cannot be happy in the here and now if we continue to harbor grudges and remain full of bitterness, sadness, and anger about what others have done to us in the past."  My dad has lived this, and has always focused on what is good in life.  And we have so much to feel good about.
This phrase is in the song "It's a Good Life," by One Republic,  the subject of Scrapping the Music's challenge this week.  "We have so much to feel good about."  It's so true and I wish everyone would remember how much we have to be grateful for.  On this page, I altered 3 pictures of my beautiful daughters (my older one is not going to like the fact that it looks like she's wearing a burkha...), added lyrics from the song, and filled the background with "cadent," the Zentangle® that is the prompt for the Diva challenge this week.   Looking at this page makes me so happy that I am going to enter it in the Try it On Tuesday challenge too!  My girls are such a blessing in my life.  And not to leave out my mom, I doodled this over the weekend! I realized that "mom" upside down is "wow."  And my mom wows me all the time.

Albert Einstein said: "There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."   I choose the latter!

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  1. What a fabulous page and a wonderful story about your Dad.
    Thanks for joining us at TioT

  2. Oh my goodness Jessica - your work is always so beautiful! I love especially what you did for Scrapping The Music this week! A unique and gorgeous take on our challenge! Thanks for joining us!

  3. Wow! You have been busy. Loved hearing your Dad...amazing what he accomplished. Love what you did with the song with your daughters...so many layers to it...and the MOM and WOW are just awesome...so colorful and fun...you are so very talented!

  4. Such wonderful art work and a wonderful story about your dad's life! Thank you for sharing these with us. (I want to live without harboring grudges and anger, too. Negative energy is not a good thing!) I love this psot so much! And thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrapping the Music!

  5. I love all these! But my particular favorite is the Mom/Wow one. That is gorgeous!!

  6. Your work is inspiring and I loved the story about your Dad.

  7. Love your post, your sweet stories and your cadent.

  8. Really really really Cool....!! U take it here so nicely. And your work is very inspiring to me! I am inspired at least. Can you plz see the crazy video goo.gl/KIZRf. How important it is for our health that we learn how to forgive.

  9. Love everything and the (Mom, WoW doodle is awesome), thanks playing along with TioT this fortnight


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