Follow the sacred path into and out of the center of the basket...
Bill’s Auntie Rosie was a colorful and full of life person. Although life was not always easy for her, she always saw the rosie side. Remembering to see the rosie side is a blessing for each of us to remember, especially in challenging times. This art quilt design features an enhanced picture of a young Auntie Rosie standing in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago – the family entry point into the USA. And no, the face mask and shield was not part of the original family picture.
The design also features pictures of evening primrose flowers that were photographed by Bill and Penny on a trip to the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The flowers are a reminder, as is the picture of Auntie Rosie, that even in most difficult conditions such as the hailstorms, occasional tornadoes, only 16 inches of rain per year, and the trampling by wildlife that the evening primrose survives and thrives. It is truly time to admit “Yep, It’s become sh!t in a handbasket” and to see the rosie side of every moment.
Each day another section of life’s art quilt is sewn. Moment by moment life experiences and meaning making structures are stitched together by time and space. Practice active awareness to ensure that rosieness is added to the art quilt of life:
STEP 1: CONTEMPLATE SCRIPTURE. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
STEP 2: MEDITATE AS YOU WALK THE LABYRINTH. ‘Walk’ the Basket Labyrinth mentally or with a finger. Recite scripture. Reflect on life.
STEP 3: INVOKE THE SPIRIT WITHIN. Listen then consciously sew the personal art quilt of life one rosie day at a time - with love, care, and creativity.
SYMBOLISM WITHIN THE DESIGN:
Rosieness is all around – if we can take time to see it. This picture shows a very young Auntie Rosie enhanced with today’s everyday essential gear (face mask and shield). She is in the midst of uncertainty, yet she names the particular situation in her typical colorful rosie way: “Yep, It’s become sh!t in a handbasket!” But recognize that although sh!t may fill the basket, in the world of being rosie the basket remains white. It is not stained or discolored. Even through the basket is filled with a pile of sh!t, an evening primrose thrives and multiplying even beyond the confines of the basket. Much like they do in the Badlands National Park where the picture of the evening primrose was taken.
The path into the center of the labyrinth is intentionally green, for many a color of growth. The path also features ‘stitching’ that is yellow representing the smell of the evening primrose flower – honey or lemons (a much better smell than the alternative). Last, like a quilt of old the background is brown in color representative of what the basket holds. But in the traditional rosie way, primroses are scattered throughout the design. Enjoy seeing the rosie side of every situation no matter how sh!tty it may seem. Sew the art quilt of life one beautiful rosie day at a time - with love, care, & creativity.
LABYRINTH NAME: Yep, It's Rosie
ARTIST: Bill Ressl
INSPIRATIONAL SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11
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