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Fragment Of A Lifetime


Student of life, lifelong learner, mother, writer, artist, poet, dancer, musician, and martial artist ... passionate about all of these.

No one knows where life will take us.

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

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Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Fragment of a lifetime

Each day is a small fragment of a lifetime.

We can never return to the past, except in our memories.

We don’t know what the future holds.

The only time we can spend is today.

The only time we can touch is right now.

Woven into each other's lives

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Each new day gives birth to new opportunities and a clean slate.

Each day presents us with a lifetime of living and loving.

Now that I think about it, each day is a lifetime.

You came into my life and took hold of my soul.

We’ve now been woven into each other’s lives.

The Heart Nebula


Life for me changed completely.

In that short time together you gave me several lifetimes.

You enflamed my mind.

You set my heart reeling.

I wanted to remain there but time would not have it.

Deep in thought!

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

I cannot question fate,

But now there’s pain where there was so much joy.

There’s a hole in my heart that seems irreparable.

Your death is like torture that I have to face each day over and over.

Dance With Me, Too

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Sometimes we fail to see just how much opportunity and change these events brought us.

A chant, a song, a dance,

A soliloquy of love, an invitation for pure romance

As the echo of your words, your being, your presence and now lack of it, touches my very soul.

Angels that surround me.

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Original art by Gina Welds Hulse

Love! I can still feel it, in all its irrational and wonderful glory.

I can still feel that love bud, bloom, and develop.

I can still feel it in the angels that surround me.

I know that one day I will have to surrender and let go

At least to cease and ease the misery of losing you,

But today I will remember you as huge fragment of my lifetime.

Each day is a lifetime

© 2016 Gina Welds Hulse


Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 26, 2016:

I was luck when it came to the Juvenile detention setting. I was allowed to use materials that many would consider capable of becoming weapons, but the kids in the program understood that being in my class was a privilege, not a right, and really respected the rules, which led to the therapy really working for them.

Many of them kept in touch with me outside of the program once they were released.

Encourage your friend to start her own non-profit, which will help her to get funds for the art therapy programs. Many of the neighborhood programs would love to form that connection with her.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 26, 2016:

I agree with you about being happy to be effective. Her first job was with juveniles who were released from detention. Her disillusionment with it was due to the fact she felt she still had little control over therapy aspects and did more teaching than actual therapy. It was like a boarding school setting, though. And now, they just won't allow her the resources to use her skills. I didn't think about the neighborhood thing. I'll ask her if she's checked into that. Thanks. :)

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 26, 2016:

I agree with you. Therapeutic arts include music, writing and art. When I teach I try to include each of them. When I write lesson plans, I try to incorporate all of the arts.

Art therapy in the hospital is a field that is growing. Another growing field is working with alzheimer patients. You can also incorporate essential oils with this group while doing the arts, because the sense of smell plus the arts work wonders.

I have worked in the prison setting. I've also worked in organizations that work with kids who have just been released from the juvenile detention center.

Many after school programs in low income neighborhoods is another great setting. Many of these sites operate on grants so there would be a paycheck.

I hope she finds an area where she fits. I truly believe that if you're not happy in the place you won't be effective.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 25, 2016:

That's awesome. My best friend has a degree in art therapy. It's fascinating how therapeutic the arts are. I say the arts because I include things like music and writing. When I did a virtual dementia tour one of the things we ended up discussing afterward was the way that music somehow reaches these people.I love the idea of art therapy programs with youth and in hospital-type settings as well. I'm glad you're involved in such programs. I would be interested in learning more about the types of settings you teach for therapy in. My friend is a little frustrated with her current job and really wants to do something again that utilizes her degree, but not like the job she initially had when she first got the degree. I've sent her a few links I found, but they were more on the volunteer level, which she would be willing to do. I think she's just wary about trying to find a good fit for her.

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 25, 2016:

I believe that everyone is an artist, and I teach from that perspective whether it be adults or children. Although art is therapeutic for me, and I teach in various settings using art as therapy, I do sell my art, and am hoping that can be my major source of income. This will be my first solo exhibit, although I have shown my work in various settings over the years.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 25, 2016:

When it comes to paintings and many drawings, I am very much a fan of the abstract quality of some artwork. Even with photography, I tend to be drawn to the abstract pieces more or the photos that capture a still life from unique angles. Even the most mundane objects can be made interesting. Too bad my art skills are rather limited. LOL. I don't have the patience. Then again, maybe that's why I like abstract. It requires less concentration on the technical and I can focus more on the creative nature of it. I hope your show does well. Do you sell it?

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 25, 2016:

Hi Shannon. Thanks for visiting and connecting. Manatita really managed to capture the essence of me so easily, considering the short time we have been connected.

Thank you for your kind words. I have an art show coming up, in which much of this work will be displayed...family friendly ones of course. I checked out your site, and followed. See you around. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 25, 2016:

I just got through reading manatita's dedication to you. His dedications are like introductions to the very heart of people I don't already know. I wanted to check out a hub or two of yours. The poetry category drew me into this one. Beautiful work. Then there's the artwork. That's amazing too and very much my style. I am impressed. :) Hope to see you around.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 20, 2016:

Exactly, Gina! Never too old to learn, and that is such a joyous awareness!

Life is FOR learning its lessons and experiencing how our own choices result so we can alter some and emphasize some of them as we go along. Surely, if we were not meant to learn essentially 'from scratch' and able to acquire, we could have been designed and outfitted with heavenly, universal knowledge and wisdom! Perhaps that is what this life is the schoolroom for! What we put into effect here as we move along seems to me both a path toward and a briefcase of results for what may follow for us.

It's great, isn't it, that our various cultures do seem to have common lore and lessons for our enhancement. I love that.

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 20, 2016:

Nellieanna, I agree that I should not lower my standards just to appease those who think they may be too high. I believe that giving of myself, my time and energy is an investment. These are not choices that I make lightly.

I love that poem. I have heard a different version of it, as we have something similar in our culture. It seems that each culture has some variation of teaching this life lesson.

So many of us, myself included, could have benefited much if we really paid attention to the words of the poem...but they say hindsight is 20/20. Being older, and hopefully wiser, my hope is that my children take some wisdom from lessons such as these....we are never too old to learn.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 20, 2016:

P.S. When one becomes one's own "old one" doing the self-advising, it's still a good adage to apply to one's choices and opportunities and to heed one's own common-sense warnings! It's the best way to remain both optimistic and realistic, both spiritual and practical along one's way through this life. One never outgrows the need to pause and think!!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 20, 2016:

Dear Gina, thank you for your very kind words! I truly admire you and your work.

And, dear Manatita, you give me more credit than I'm sure I can always live up to! Thank you for your wonderful recommendation!

Gina, it is impossible to have too high standards for assessing someone or even something which one would be united with, invest one's precious life in and live into one's future with. The only good time to apply one's standards is BEFORE uniting with, investing in and living with, unless one so desperately needs just-any-old kind of someone or something in one's life! I’m glad you know yourself better than to listen to suggestions or advice to lower your standards!

I could not overemphasize those crucial choices, timings and ones' assessment of opportunities and scope of one's 'need'. There are few situations in which such an extra degree of desperation and/or need justifies 'settling' for any-old-offering, rather than looking and waiting for someone or something who/which DOES fulfill one's true standards. It may take a little while to truly know the difference, but it is time much better invested before plunging in, rather than afterwards.

I ran across a darling little poem (in my Dad's own handwriting) which he used to recite to me when I was growing up. I admit that I could have listened and applied it more carefully than I always did and would have been greatly benefited and spared much to regret, but its truth is so vital, at any age:

Once a trap was baited with a piece of cheese.

It tickled so a little mouse, it almost made him sneeze.

An old rat said, “Be careful, there’s danger where you go.”

"Nonsense,” said the other, “I don’t think you know.”

So he walked in boldly, no one in sight.

First he took a nibble, then he took a bite.

Snapped the trap together, closed as quick as wink,

Catching mousie fast there, because he didn’t think.

Once a little turkey, proud of her own way,

Wouldn’t heed the old ones where to go or stay.

“Oh,” she said, “I’m no baby, here I am half grown.

Surely I am big enough to run about alone.”

Off she went, but a sly old fox, hiding, saw her pass,

And soon her snow-white feathers covered all the grass.

Now, my children, you who read this song,

Can’t you see what trouble comes from thinking wrong?

When you’re warned of danger, pause upon the brink

And don’t go under headlong because you didn’t think!

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 19, 2016:

You said this so perfectly: "Yes, you have much life to live and it may bring you another love if you've kept room for one in it and if a person deserving you is also living and ready for love.

Either way, your living must be free to live each day, every day, now in each moment, fully, openly and ready."

Yes, I believe that I have kept room for love should one come along that I feel is deserving of me. I've often been told that I have too high standards, but I know what I want and I am willing to wait for it. In the meantime I will live my life fully, openly and with contentment.

Thanks for your encouraging words, and for your feedback on the artwork and poem. I so value your thoughts.

I just saw your post, Manatita. Yes, I do listen to Nellieanna. We have had some beautiful exchanges, and I have come to admire her in the short time we have been connected. She is full of wisdom.

manatita44 from london on August 19, 2016:

I would listen to Nellieanna. She has much wisdom. Feel free to write to me if you like.Much Love.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 19, 2016:

What a magnificently, powerfully sweet and bitter-sweet poem! And your artwork illustrates it precisely.

It's so that you must move forward from remembering in a time-limitng and involvement-limiting way from the memory of your love, but that need not mean forgetting or releasing all the joyful memory and not fully embracing the reality it gave you, which is yours in the being of your son together, as you do.

Yes, you have much life to live and it may bring you another love if you've kept room for one in it and if a person deserving you is also living and ready for love.

Either way, your living must be free to live each day, every day, now in each moment, fully, openly and ready.

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 19, 2016:

Coincidentally, Manatita, I am also working on a poem about letting go. I think I am having to go through a process before getting to that point. Part of the processing is feeling like I could never love or have a love like that again, or could I possibly allow myself to love like that again? You're right, the past is a "sweet brute" that I sometimes cling so desperately to. Maybe I am just afraid that I'll forget him, but I know that is not possible as I see his face everyday in our son, and we keep his memory alive. However I know that in some form I have to move forward, and not dwell on the love that was, so I could meet the love that could be.

Thanks for your feedback, Manatita, always. Much love.

manatita44 from london on August 19, 2016:

Yes, what amazing artwork! I echo all Ruby's thoughts but must say something different also.

A pretty powerful poem. I'm in the middle of writing one about being entangled by the past, but there is much beauty in yours. I really like it. Life can be such a brute.....a sweet brute but this is felt only in hindsight, usually. Excellent work, Gina!

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 19, 2016:

Thanks, Ruby. It's good to see you. You're right. Life goes on.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 19, 2016:

Oh my, this touched my inner soul. It brings memories of the one I lost and really it was a fragment and life goes on. This is beautiful and your artwork is amazing.

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