Acrylic painting on panel of a distant olive tree near water and the impression of a distant town in Europe. By Juanita Bellavance
Acrylic painting on panel insitu of a distant olive tree near water and the impression of a distant town in Europe. By Juanita Bellavance

Lessons from the Olive Tree 5: Nurture, From the 25 Days of Minis 2023 Portfolio, Acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 x 1.5 inches

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In solitude, both the olive tree and the human spirit thrive, yet the essence of nurturing binds them to a richer life.

When left alone, an olive tree can focus its energy on growth and fruit production. Periodic pruning/nurturing can help maintain its health, encouraging new growth and higher fruit yields.

Alone time for humans also provides the ability to focus on internal growth and improvement of particular skills. I dearly love alone time. I get more done. I can think through challenging ideas more easily. I get thoughtful ideas for nurturing others. It's a matter of uninterrupted time.

Yet recent studies have shown that nurturing is critical to longevity. Even when people enjoy being alone and living alone there is a dopamine charge that happens when nurtured by relationships. This dopamine seems to increase longevity.

Research has also identified a range of activities that qualify as social support, from offers of help or advice to expressions of affection. In addition, evidence suggests that the life-enhancing effects of social support extend to the giver as well as to the receiver. That's great news!

These olive tree paintings happened serendipitously and inspired so much introspection. Next, for a few days, we shift to impressions of the low country and see what thoughts they provide.

Each masterpiece in this 2023 series unfolds a unique narrative, woven with emotion and insight. Embrace the opportunity to not only witness but also own a piece of this narrative, immortalized on canvas.

P.S. One new painting will be released each day for 25 days. To receive a reliable email reminder each day, please subscribe here.

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