Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April 14th...hmmm....I guess thats almost 4 months since the last blog. I guess its time to get back at it.
To start the blogging year off (in April haha) I want to emphasize one thing to anyone who cares to listen. The people in your life will matter more to you in the end then any money or material possession you can gather up. Don't worry so much about what you can selfishly obtain. Give as much as you can of yourself to others. Your gift of yourself can change someones life including yours... and in the end you will always feel fulfilled.
Don't put work ahead of your children, loved ones, family, friends. Take the time to look around at the ones you love and the ones that love you. Reach high as you pursue your careers and shoot for your dreams BUT always maintain your foundation around you. Balance is key. You may reach great heights but if in the process you lose your foundation of friends and family you will fall and fall hard.
I just spent the most amazing week with my family. My Dad just underwent major heart surgery so I travelled to the coast to spend time with him, my mom, my sister, her husband and their three adorable children. Then my brother also jumped on a plane and joined us. It was a time in my life where I had so much on the go at home but I needed to do this. I needed to take this break. My Mom and Dad gave me life and have always been there for me whenever I needed the support. Not to mention my brother and sister have always done so as well. So for all of us to come together in a time where my Dad needed us all was powerful and a good reminder of what really matters. I am going home on Wednesday with a full heart and a stronger foundation. I know I am lucky to have such a great foundation. As my life carries on I will continue to build my dreams but will always remember....my rock starts with my beliefs... with my family.... my friends. Whatever my efforts lead me to, in the end, I will always know I have someone to turn to and to share in the joy of my success or lean on in the sorrow and I will do the same for them. Take your millions....I'll take the love.

Now...with my new energy I am coming home to begin more tour dates of the mural The Horse Gift! We are honored to be showing the mural at the Calgary Stampede - in Calgary Alberta Canada and at the Capital Ex in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in July. It is quite exciting.

Also- in two weeks Lewis Lavoie and I head down to Utah to begin creating our next mural "The Freedom Mural". We begin with a smaller version of the mural which we will be creating with 253 students from grade 1- 12. Then the massive mural will begin in the fall.

We are also starting the mural "Kunomotsk". This mural is a Canadian West Coast Mural. We are creating this with artists from all along the west coast of Canada. Robert Bateman has agreed to join us once again and we are thrilled!!

I jump on a plane tomorrow a.m. from Vancouver and head home. The new adventures begin and the new stories begin. I will do my best to write daily and there will be lots to write about.

I'm back baby...I'm back ;-)


JPJ said...

Truer words were never spoken...beautifully said !
Good luck with everything and a speedy recovery to your precious Dad.

delia said...

yes Phil that was well said, what a great family you have...you are so lucky...I lost both parents at an early age and miss them terribly.