Carry the Message of Hope

Oftentimes it is hard to stay positive in a world that seems inundated in negativity.  Where does this negativity come from?  We hear about it from others.  We witness on the news.  We here the sirens.  We see the blight.  It’s overwhelming.  Many of our thoughts end up coming from experiences and opinions from others.

But that is what sells news.  How boring would the news be if it focused on all the good humanity has to offer?  So we remain getting drowned in a sea of hopelessness day after day.  I do still feel that most of us humans living on this planet have a good heart; we just hear about the others.

But we have a choice on what we’re going to believe and how we’re going to look at the world.  Negative and bleak? or positive and hopeful?  I choose to see the good in people and I am fortunate to surround myself with genuine folk who want nothing for me but my well-being.  I choose to shut off the news and surf by the endless gossip and bad will that is on the internet.  I also choose to not believe everything I read or see because I know in my heart we are only exposed to what “they” want us to be exposed to.  There is so much going on in our government and in this world we are not privy to.  And for that I am thankful.

Today I choose to carry a message of hope, that most of us are still here for one another.  We still have compassion and empathy.  We still choose to laugh and be kind and be respectful of one another.  We still care about our planet and other countries.  We are all human beings.  Period.  We are mankind.  Period.

So I choose to express my hope through my art.  I am fortunate to be a stained glass artist who tries to create pieces that are thought-provoking and that will get your emotional juices flowing.  The good juices.  You still have them.  I try to create pieces that when looked at you can enjoy and get re-centered and be hopeful.  Yes!  There is hope for us!  There is light at the end of the tunnel!  We just have to not lower ourselves to a level that is beneath us.  Remain strong!  Open that door for someone.  Give them the eye-contact they deserve when you speak to them.  What about a smile or a greeting or, damn, how about a hug?  Who knows?  You might brighten someones day and, if the pay it forward, when you might be down someone just might brighten your day!

Much Aloha!  Dee Harris


Deesigns by Harris…Three Years Later

I want to write again and, guess what?, I “get to” and even publish it as a blog if I choose.  You know, I wrote my first blog in August 2013 when I was pondering whether or not to leave my job as a checker at Safeway and become a full-time artist.  I was studying how to have a web-based business and one recommendation was to start a blog, so I did.  But after numerous blog posts I found that my blogs were less business-related than recovery-related.  You see, that is where I was in August of 2013.

Having been blessed with the gift of sobriety in 1998 having found I could not “not go a day without a drink”, I sought help.  And that 28-day treatment changed my life forever.  But as we alcoholics stay sober “one day at a time”, we also can get unsober “one day at a time” by ceasing to pay it forward.  I was taught early on that if I don’t give it away, I can’t keep it.  Thus, I lost my sobriety because I stopped going to meetings, being of service, welcoming the alcoholic still suffering, and forgetting what it was like to be a newcomer.

So today I stay close to meetings, service, and sponsorship and I have a contentment I never knew I was missing.  I have peace and acceptance.  I feel comfortable in my own skin.  I don’t have to live fear-based.  And I get to reap the rewards of working hard in my own business.

I have learned and grown a lot working Deesigns by Harris, my custom stained glass business.  And I’ve still so far to go.  It is exciting everyday to know I shall learn and grow the way I’m supposed to if I just get out of the way, not be in control, go with the flow and enjoy the ride.  The Universe, God, my Higher Power, or whatever you want to call that power greater than myself provides me with what I need and everything is perfect at this very moment.

Three years ago I started my Deesigns by Harris business by setting up a shop on  I learned so much about e-commerce and, again, I’ve still so far to go.  I published a website (no longer available).  I started my shop with primarily recovery triangles emphasizing “Unity…Service…Recovery” because that was (and always will be) my focus.

Three years later I have included more Hawai’i and inspirational pieces to my line.  Art that stirs up emotion.  Art that makes one think…and feel.  You see, I love to be able to think and feel today.  I love the “I get to’s” of today.  And I love not having to take a drink today.  So I share that message via my art.  I strive to create art that provokes optimism, well-being, hope, and self-acceptance.  I have just opened a new website and am working on opening up in new venues.

My very first blog was titled “When I Grow Up I Want to Be an Artist…and an Alcoholic”  (   Today I am an artist.  Today I am an alcoholic.  Today is a great day!

Mahalo for reading and for your interest.  I shall blog every other week now with updates on Deesigns by Harris and life in general.  Have a great day, sit back, and enjoy the ride!

Dee Harris, owner/artist of Deesigns by Harris

(808) 825-1800