This week's Diva challenge was to create a beads in honor of the Beads of Courage organization. In children's hospitals, children with serious and chronic illness participate in this program by stringing a bead for each milestone reached and for bravery through medical experiences. I've known several children with chronic illnesses, and I think this is a wonderful project to help inspire hop, creativity, and distraction. Every bead tells a story, just like every line in a tangle pattern. Thank you to the Diva for such a special challenge this week!
I've been facing my own challenge this week recovering from my gall bladder surgery. It went well, but the recovery is taking longer than I would like. Yes, I am better each day, but I'm still in a lot of pain and unable to do the things that I want, or think I should be able, to do. I guess there's never a good time for a health issue to pop up, and I should be thankful that this is a temporary inconvenience that will result in longer term health improvement.
I haven't been able to tangle much this week due to pain, fatigue, and pain medicine. Today was the first time I felt like I could actually create something. It's not my favorite piece, but I enjoyed the process, being able to complete it, and picking up a pen again. I chose to create my beads along a string. I started with the bead shapes and then filled them in with different tangle patterns. It was a fun challenge to think of so many patterns to use in small spaces. I knew I wanted to have a lot of beads, so this piece is done on 5x7" watercolor paper. I didn't enjoy using this paper as much as the official Zentangle® tiles, but I like the larger feel for this piece.
Sitting here at my computer to scan and to post this entry is the most active thing I've done in days. I'm exhausted but happy that I was able to play along with this week's tangle challenge. There's hope that I'll be feeling better. I'm going to frame this string of beads as a reminder of my minor challenge this week and my ability to overcome it. I hope the tangled beads will help inspire some children to feel better during their trials and personal challenges.
I used to have a jewelry business, and I still have a lot of leftover beads. When I'm up to it, I'm going to sort through my stash and the Beads of Courage requirements to see if I have items to donate. I'm so thrilled to have learned about this organization so I can pass on my beads to a worthy cause.
I feel fortunate to have Zentangle® to help me through difficult times in life. This practice has been a meaningful diversion and relaxation tool in a variety of ways. Maybe each tile is like my own personal bead along my tangled cord of life.