Folly and fortitude: these were the qualities she saw in herself when she looked back to those days of innocence. Full of life, she had always been determined. There was a fierce independence about her. She dared to go her own way in a world where women were branded for doing so. She looked back with satisfaction on the way she had balanced creative pursuits with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
Despite what appeared to others to be an incessant choice for frivolity, she had a sincerity and depth that only he seemed to see. The two of them, so different and yet joined in their ability to see the worlds beyond. It was true; her faith in the unseen was unshakable, as he had told her then, when they were young.
Whenever she could, in small ways that often went unseen, she made her humble contribution to the spacious home for which she was so grateful. It was what others misread as "attitude" that prevented them from seeing her heart of gratitude; though even she had to admit in that way too she had been unconventional, a girl out of time, as if she had been plopped into a strange world she could not comprehend.
She liked to think of those days as floating free, not connected with all that came after. They had formed her; she had been shaped by them. The music and merriment. The wild imaginings of all they thought possible. How could she have known how it would go? She was glad she did not know and for all she had always known.
What is your essential story of life? What is alive in you?
I hope this painting has sparked a reconnection and remembrance for you today. I believe there is beauty to be found right here, right now, all around you and right there within you.
I'll meet you on the way!
ABOUT THE MAGDA SERIES. These are the stories that have lived in my heart and soul for the whole of my life. They are glimpses of one whom many remember and honor—the one known as Magdalen or Mary Magdalene. I call her Magda. Her story is alive in me and always leads me back to life and life to the full.
There are four series in the collection of Magda paintings:
Series 1: THE LIFE BEFORE Series 2: THE STORY THEY LIVED Series 3: ACROSS THE SEAS OF TIME Series 4: THEIR FOREVER STORY