Acrylic on paper, 32” x 20”
“What I teach the people many times is that attitude and attention will determine the whole course of our lives. Get rid of fear and that is all you ever have to get rid of. Fear of anything at all.”Norval Morrisseau
This quote is vintage Norval Morrisseau. A teaching as deep as it gets. It is literally the crux that my life pivots on.
Norval asked me to ask myself two questions on a regular basis.
What is my attitude?
Where is my attention?... because wherever it is, that is where I'm at.
To this I added two other profound considerations passed on by another "life" mentor, the late Lila Cole, mother of my oldest friend, Garth Cole, who testified at trial on both my and Norval's behalf today.
Am I willing?
Am I able?
Four simplistic questions, until you see them in concert. Spirit ignites and it's magic.
Attitude becomes "altitude".
Attention becomes "intention".
Willing becomes able.... and magic happens.
Norval was a unique teacher. His lessons are unforgettable. They are experiential gifts that develop one's power to "rise" to the occasion. This teaching can be viewed visually as a formula...
I don't know when Norval painted "Owls" but its timeless, isn't it? This is just one of dozens of owl paintings by Norval. What I love about them is how cute they all are. I published this one because I felt like that little owl in court today, keeping my eye on the ball.
The big owl with his wings around me? Why, that's all of you, and your great (spirit) attitude. Thanks folks! You really outdid yourselves. All day I was in a bubble of clarity, peace and something else really extraordinary. It was a wonderful day.
I woke up with the song, "We are the Champions" by Queen dancing in my head this morning. It was there throughout the day. It's still playing in my head in stereo even now. I wonder why?