Not long ago I completed my Bead Journal Page for November. As it happened, I spent a good part of that month away from home when my work took me to Miami, Florida.
While I do enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and seeing new places (and oh boy did I ever enjoy the warm weather in Miami). I became acutely aware of how much I miss home while I am away. The seemingly unending flights home and waiting in airports (14 hours this time around) didn't help. Finding the balance between work and home can be tricky and frequently it is a struggle for me.
Those were my thoughts that occupied my mind as I worked on this little square. I don't know if you can see it here, but work did end up occupying more of my energy and time than 'home'. It's okay though, I will continue to strive to find that balance between the two because I am thankful for both and I know I am more fortunate than many.
I am including a shot of the back side for those of you that like to see the stitching. As always, you can click on the photos for a larger view.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman