This piece is in the back of my journal. The fact that I started it there shows how confident I was not feeling about this artistic challenge! Perhaps, next time I'm not feeling confident, I should start at the front of my art journal anyway [soft smile].
|"Blue By You" (click to enlarge).|
Last night I watched the earth become sea in Japan. It seems not that long ago I was sitting waiting and watching the waters rise — touching base with friends and family in Queensland, Australia. And of course, in Christchurch, New Zealand (just across the pond from Tasmania), the earth beneath their feet betrayed them. Norah sings in agreement from my speakers:
"Rivers flow backwards,
Valleys are high.
Mountains are level,
Truth is a lie."
"How much can a heartNo wonder some of us are feeling blue... even those of us who have only seen these events unfold from the comfort and safety of our living rooms. My heart caught in my throat last night as I saw the tidal waves washing across the land and realised there were people in there too. I had to stop watching the coverage — instead sending out email messages to those I knew in the area and waiting to hear back from them.
and a troubled mind take?
Where is that fine line
before it all breaks?"
So what do we do with these feelings of sadness — at times overwhelming? We do what we can, from a practical standpoint, and then –I believe– we make the time to stop, reflect on the impermanence of life in general, and then ask ourselves:
And these are questions, of course, that we should continue to ask ourselves... ever changing, growing, and becoming the Best we can be. While recognising (and this is vitally important) that – on some days – our Best may seem more or less than we usually 'expect' from ourselves, and that's okay too.
"What am I doing with this life of mine?"
"Am I making the world a better place, for my part in it?"
So, if all I am able to do on this day is bring joy to one person by showing them their previously untapped artistic creativity, I will do it with Passion... with Love... and with Heart & Soul.
And, contrary to the lyrics of the song, I will always know in my heart that – even when it is beauty restricted to a 3.5" square canvas – Truth will always be Truth. So I will follow my heart, be True to my Self and live that Truth without compromise... for as long as I have to live it.
What does tragedy remind us? What does all this death and destruction have to tell us? Paradoxically, it tells us about Life. It reminds us that we are safe and that Life is precious and full of meaning. Reminded of Living True, I photographed these trees at the meditation Centre I was at this time last week.
|(Click to enlarge.)|
|"Tall and True" (click to enlarge).|
Stand Tall and Live True!
Live with Courage and Zeal and Compassion!
In other news, the Australian Calligraphy Society's book, WordsWork, is now available from John Neal Books. (The artists are published alphabetically, but I like to think my ZIA calligraphy is on page one three times over – page 111. [smiles])