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Finding Purpose

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Helping people find their purpose was the privilege in my career as a coach. So I shouldn't be astonished to find myself newly resident at Purpose Gallery in Mapua, Tasman, New Zealand.

You can find me in my sales role on weekends and the occasional Friday. Otherwise I paint in the gallery's perfectly formed art studio as resident until Christmas 2021.

Will I paint in the gallery as I did at my solo show in London? Possibly, but my focus is happily on a roll call of some of the country's most acknowledged artists. If you'd like to see their gorgeous work, pop over to Purpose Gallery, but remember to come back here!

Was I "brave" to move 12,000 miles from my own studio in London, UK, to start something new in New Zealand? Many have suggested that I am, but what is life without a challenge to look forward to when we open our eyes in the morning? Even if we go where the river takes us, as in my case with Covid lengthening a long-planned visit here, the potential is in HOW we respond.

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too." William H. Murray

I saw the truth of this again and again with my coaching clients. Once they connected with their purpose, they were unstoppable and it was as if Creation roused itself to cheer them on. Even obstacles became ways to affirm and grow in their commitment. (I realise I am listening to a playlist from Angela Casto @fearlesswarrior730. The track? Miracles. Of course it is.)

Do you have to be gung ho? No. It is the commitment, not the backing track that makes the difference. I recently visited an exhibition at Atelier Gallery in Nelson and loved the work of Mary Spacapan. She painted 50 abstract paintings; one a day for the period between Easter and Pentecost, each one dedicated to a person and a real life situation. Delicate three-dimensional oils in pastel hues held the tension of a real, transforming mission as she painted, praying over each person. The longest crescendo in music is probably Ravel's "Bolero", which is one long crescendo.

So no, it can be loud or soft. But it needs to be committed, 100 percent. And no, it doesn't need to be forever, any more than this time in New Zealand is without end, but live your passion people. If you want to chat, use the button on the site. It comes straight to me by email.

oil painting floral
Live Forever is a 12" x 12" oil

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