Sunday, October 21, 2007

Love Is All There Is: For the AAQI


I've titled my sixth and final fabric art postcard in my Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative project to all there really is...love. Without it...we are truly nothing, with it...we are practically everything. With love, we are enough, do enough and have enough. With love, we care, we share, we give and we treasure.

When one faces the challenges of Alzheimer's, be that in the self or the other, we know...because of love...that the self is the other. We are all connected, through our deepest energetic heartstrings of creation, to not only those we know for an absolute fact that we love, but to all that we feel for others, as we love.

Compassion is the art and the act of giving with and through great and deep emotion to others. And it takes endless love and endless compassion to face the trials and tribulations of any disease or disorder. All of them feel as if they are robbing us, or our loved ones, of all that we believe we know as 'who they are.'

With love, we can see with new eyes, the eyes of compassion, to know that who we love is still there, always was there and always will be there. Like all things of this world, the shape and form of things may appear to change, but the truest part, the deepest nature, their god-given and created essence...their spirit and their soul...is still the same.

In honor of my mother, who at age 82 is now facing those challenges, and in honor of my father, age 90, who is her primary caretaker, and is helping her to face them, I offer this...my sixth fabric art postcard or quiltlet in my series.

Check out my related posts:
How To Make A Fabric Postcard
How To Make An Inchie
Contributions: Ami Simm's "Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts"

4 comments:

  1. Michele, this is a beautiful post and your quiltlet is lovely. Thank you.

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  2. What a loving tribute! Sometimes the caregiver(s) are forgotten in situations like this, Remembering what they do is out of great love is a tribute to what they do.

    My prayers for your parents and all involved in this painful process.

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  3. Beautifully said and beautifully made. Bless you and your Mom in this struggle.

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  4. I'm one of Ami's $1,000 Promise Quilters for AAQI - and I do so understand why you're doing what you are. Here's to the future!

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.