Life and the experience of all there is to enjoy is about balance. When I was a young man and proud of my high pain threshold, I survived a few serious accidents including a broken back and broken neck. I never went for medical work on either of the incidents and temporally healed. Later in life I began to have muscle spasms that were so bad I had to be carried to the hospital in an ambulance. After a shot of muscle relaxant I would walk out of the hospital as if nothing had ever happened.

One day I grew tired of the constant pain and was referred to a woman who was a chiropractor and spiritual healer. Ruby Commandeur became a friend who helped me through my pain and taught me much about a positive attitude and love of life. Ruby was a mentor for healing and life; she loved yoga and talked me into trying it for relaxation as well as meditation.

We lost Ruby to her pain and I continue with my life inspired by the memories of this lovely lady. In the cultural ways of my ancestors, there is a time after the loss of a loved one where we put our grieving aside and celebrate the life. This is the time to let Ruby go and celebrate her, so I do this in BALANCE.

With thanks to Marnie Recker for the photograph that inspired this creation and Jennifer Steven who knew it should be.

Edition Date: July 2013
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Art Card
Art Card Size: 5.5" x 7"