Wendy  Slee

Wendy Slee

Yoongarillup, Australia

To Bali and Back

I feel as if I have been away forever from redbubble, maybe it really has been that long! Sometimes it feels as if I truly lost touch with so many of you and the beautiful flow of art and writing that i have always enjoyed here. For that I apologize. But when I glance back into the redbubble community, I see your familiar avatars and the ever present and constant flow of amazing photos and words and art and I know that all is well with you, and everything is as it should be. Even though I will never get to view all I have missed, let alone leave the comments you deserve, I still care for and appreciate the creative connections we have made.

I hope one day to catch up with all of the work I have missed, but I know that might be easier said than done. LIfe has a way of dragging me away from the virtual world and into my own reality – after all, life is happening every moment and sometimes spending those moments with a bum on a computer chair and a screen in front of my eyes instead of the outside world, is honestly not my first choice. What a dilemma. What a balancing act. One I am sure you are all familiar with. .

I confess that it is easier these days to check in on facebook to see what everyone is up to. So many of you have connected with me there. I welcome those of you who haven’t to join me – it is a much quicker way of staying in touch.

I heard a song on the radio today while working, a female singer with an incredibly haunting voice that touched my heart. I had no idea who she was or the name of the song, but it made me think about beauty. This woman sang with such exquisite energy that it’s melody pierced my being and its beauty remained with me all day. Do people realize how much beauty they contain within them? How much potential they have for the creation of unimaginable beauty? Or the power they have to make others feel “more”? Do people understand that each of us has this potential to release such beauty into the world, but most of us never realize or believe in our ability to do so. Most of us look at the mirrors we have set up for ourselves in life (the partners, the workplaces, the homes and families, and the physical mirrors) and accept what we see reflected there. We never reach deeper within. We just forget and trudge on with life. Here on redbubble, I see so many people who don’t trudge, they dance and skip and pause to reflect upon life….. and they carry it with them in swirls of colours and textures and words and sounds like an exotic dancer with many scarves…

So I have had such little time on RB….. and with lots of stress and a bit of illness I needed a break but had no idea how or where….Between working on the my book proposal for the next round of the NTA contest, my photographic and art jobs, and keeping up with my many family commitments, who has time for a holiday?
I ask you? Not me.
But then my children’s father shouted us all a three week trip to Bali.
And who would say NO to that!! (Thanks John!!)
He and I are no longer a couple, but we are good friends and often enjoy doing “family trips” with our children so that we can spend this time together.
I am really proud and happy about that.

Anyway…Bali. You can go there as a tourist, or perhaps as something more….. a seeker? An adventurer? I went there in search of beauty and I found it. I won’t bore you with the stories…instead here are a few images to give you a glimpse of the Bali I saw and appreciated…. thanks for looking…..
(smiles)

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