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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What's "valuable"?

"Cat convention," 5 x 7ish watercolor, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press
"Valuable" was today's #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt, which is wide open for interpretation.
You can tell what is valuable to most people by where they spend their money and time, what they "own."
But as you age, your priorities change with perspective and experience. If you're sane, you probably come to realize that what is most valuable in life isn't really in possessions.
Time becomes more valuable indeed, and  frivolous material items become a waste of breath.
That's why family, friends, relationships become more important, thus more valuable.
I can't paint family, but one of my treasures, a small thing really, is my daily cat convention. 
Early morning cup of coffee, quiet house, favorite chair. And here come Sophie and Snoops for some quality lap time, vying for who gets to sit on which leg. Soon they're purring,  soaking up my petting, and I get to sit there, be valued, and spend a few minutes just thinking, meditating, enjoying the present moment. 
It's valuable.

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