Power of Expression

This post is to highlight how talented my friends are! 

Exhibit A

Painting by Rhyan Toddy 

Sometimes I get caught up in my own head and my lower nature kicks in. I get pessimistic and even trivial challenges become overwhelming but Iasked Rhy to paint me something that would help me reflect and think of the environment it creates when I’m in that mood. He nailed it. 
The more difficulties one sees in the world the more perfect one becomes. The more you plough and dig the ground the more fertile it becomes. The more you cut the branches of a tree the higher and stronger it grows. The more you put the gold in the fire the purer it becomes. The more you sharpen the steel by grinding the better it cuts. Therefore, the more sorrows one sees the more perfect one becomes . . . The more often the captain of a ship is in the tempest and difficult sailing the greater his knowledge becomes. Therefore I am happy that you have had great tribulations and difficulties… Strange it is that I love you and still I am happy that you have sorrows. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. XIV, No. 2, p. 41.)

Exhibit B 

Painting by Sophia Jacobs

Emancipation. 

Be unrestrained as the wind, while carrying the Message of Him Who hath caused the Dawn of Divine Guidance to break. (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p 346.)

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