Art Can Save Us

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Thank you fellow artists, writers, bloggers, educators, dancers, poets, philosophers, musicians, homeschoolers, trauma survivors, family and friends, near and far for your virtual hugs, kind words, and listening ears.

Thank you for finding creative ways of connection during this Corona pandemic. Thank you for sharing your art and spreading light and hope to others.

I’m still in survival mode, trying to get my bearings. Absorbing unwelcome changes. Surrendering to uncertainty.

In times of crisis, the great poets and writers can offer us solace and momentum.

I leave you the words of W.B. Yeats, from The Celtic Twilight(1893), a lyrical tribute to Irish folklore.

Please let me know how you are doing.

 

I have desired, like every artist, to create a little world out of the beautiful, pleasant, and significant things of this marred and clumsy world…

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7 responses

  1. Thank you Evelyn. I always enjoy reading your words. Wonderful quotes! Yes, this is a very challenging time. Even so, I am pleased to see there are gifts of community and more connection through zoom and personal phone calls; appreciating what I took for granted; and allowing myself to be in this moment one breath at a time and write as I am moved to write. It helps me to believe that Everything that arises is the Universe unfolding. Remember “Desiderata”? “Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember whatever peace there may be in silence…..You are a child of the Universe no less than the trees and the stars…..And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should….Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is a perennial as the grass. Therefore, be at peace….Strive to be happy.”

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    • Thank you, Linda. I’d forgotten about that poem. I just looked it up and this line also resonated: “Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.” I share your appreciation of being present. I am grateful that I have a large home, 2 of my young adult children here, natural surroundings, and the ability to work at home. My focus has not been good for writing, however. I’m trying to lower expectations and give myself some time. I had just come out of a rough patch with my novel-in-progress when the pandemic upended all my plans. At least, I’m reading less news. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and any coping mechanism you can suggest. Best–Evelyn

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  2. Thanks for the other lines from Desiderata. I have it on my computer somewhere. I need to look it up and print it, maybe frame it! Maybe I need to read it every day! I think I will post it on Facebook for everyone. I just re-connected with an old prior spiritual community where I raised my kids for many years. I moved away and lost contact. Now with zoom, we are now reconnecting through sharing a quiet meditation time together 2 or 3 times a week. It feels like home to return to old roots, old friends, old belonging. In all this “social isolation” reaching out to friends is vitally important for my mental, emotional, and physical well being. Walks in Nature help me too. Even here in Los Angeles there is beauty. Flowers are blooming again and birds are singing as spring tries to return. In the midst of this dark time, Spring still happens. “And still the crocus come up.” Corita Kent

    I wish you all the best with the challenges of this life. How else do we grow without such manure. But it still stinks! 🙂

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  3. Thank you, Evelyn! I love art. I try to envision a beautiful safe place in my mind when I am panicked. It most often looks like art in my mind. One day, when the panic has subsided, I will attempt to draw out the good safe places I thought about. I am trying to stay positive as much as I can. I love reading poetry sometimes or watching shows, so those art forms help me to distract. I do different types of breathing exercises now, and monitor my breath. I love to breathe more so now than ever. I am grateful for everything I have, including your friendship. Prayers for everyone in the world.

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