“CAL ‘IF’ ORNIA” — MIXED-MEDIA BY GRECHEN SPOTTKE
DESCRIPTION: We took a trip to Cali earlier this year. A change of scenery always does the soul good. I was inspired by the wide variety street art in. L.A., Venice, La Jolla and San Diego (Lets be clear, it was not from the aroma of medical marijuana wafting in the air). Although cliche’ to some, I chose the palm tree lined streets for inspiration, as I have always admire palm trees when I am someplace warm. Whenever I see a palm tree, my mind flips to “vacation mode” and the decompression begins.
It got me thinking of future “what ifs?” and not to focus on life’s past “ifs?”. You can’t change the past, but you can change your outlook. Reflecting on my lack of happiness at the start of that trip, I was able to see how toxic my work situation was. I decided not to dwell on it anymore or live in the past, but switch my course then and there, to learn and into the future.
The day after we returned from vacation, I left my job. Since then, I never looked back and learned a lot about myself. The past is there as a reminder to grow from. It’s OK to reflect on our past is okay. However, in order to thrive today, it’s important to look to the future “what ifs?”. There are so many twists and turns throughout our journey. The way we navigate is up to our attitudes.
It all comes back to the 3 C’s our family learned. When it comes to dealing with difficult people, you can’t cure them, you didn’t cause their situation and the hardest, you cannot control the outcome. This has been applicable beyond learning how to be part of a recovery family, it is applicable for life.
Fail, reflect, learn—move on. Succeed, reflect, repeat—apply to new ideas.
MATERIALS: Golden moulding paste, enamel paint, used guitar and bass strings, hardboard.
- 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this piece will go to “Road Recovery”
- Road Recovery is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.