Gratitude 24June14 Beauty Within

“As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.” Paige Bradley

Expansion by Paige Bradley  ©llpeltier

Expansion by Paige Bradley

I have a picture of a bronze sculpture entitled Expansion by Paige Bradley above my bed. It is of a woman meditating in the locus position. Since finding it on the internet I have been entranced with the sculpture. What is striking to me is the quiet power of the woman. Although fractured, she glows from within. There is a distinction of peace in her face and confidence in her stance. Every day I look at it when I wake up and think of the message I see in it — broken can still glow and exude strength.

Expansion by Paige Bradley via Google search

Expansion by Paige Bradley via Google search

On her website,, Bradley shares her motivation for the piece. It was her inspiration to break outside of the “box” that the world tends to place us in that ignited the idea for the piece. Bradley bravely took a statue she had been working on for several months and dropped it on the floor, shattering it. She then cast the pieces in bronze and put them back together so they appeared to “float” together. With the help of a lighting specialist she created the glow from within. Thus, creating what has become Bradley’s signature piece, Expansion. 

Today I am thankful for ..

  • The simple things in my life that keep me encouraged and brave
  • Philosophy Margarita body wash
  • Wii Fit age of 32

Today I am listening to “Summer Breeze” by Al Jarreau and George Benson

What would appear to be broken is really an opportunity to put it back together into something better. Heading out into this beautiful summer day. Wishing you “happy” all day.

affectionately yours, Laura



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