11 April 2017
One of the greatest gifts I’ve received in this life was a single statement. A wise and caring man said to me, “You know, you have a right to peace of mind.”
The simplicity of what he said stunned me in that moment. It also revealed to me how I, for too many reasons to list, more often than not, stood in my own way toward achieving that peace.
Had a wonderful and heartbreaking conversation with my students last night about just this thing, about what keeps them from ‘peace of mind.’ Worries and expectations, the fears they hold for the future, their own and the future of our planet. We talked about articulating these barriers, and about releasing them.
Make art about peace of mind.
13 March 2017
I unfriended someone this morning on social media, a woman who leads with her “I’m a Christian” banner, but who daily and consistently posts things that are disparaging to others, about people and groups of people with whom I know personally she has little actual experience. She’s older, and has limited life experience, so I had alternately either ignored her ignorance or had tried, gently, to share my own experiences with the people she judged. Her fear, it seems, runs too deep. But this morning, as she posted multiple things mocking and denigrating millennials, I was just done.
Am I judging her? Maybe. I’ll think on that. Pray on it too. But for now, her persistent fear and judgment of people about whom she is ignorant are not something I want in my life every day.
Make art about judging, about judging through ignorance, or–be brave!–educate yourself on someone you have previously judged.
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”~Kahlil Gibran
Make art about releasing control.