credit: melodie beattie
forsythia bright in my quarantine kitchen
blossoms have begun to fall
everything is temporary.
“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” – pema chodron
Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Washing Hands
today the detroit institute of arts
did their part to keep people safe and to aid in their healing.
art helps people in so many unexpected ways
and seems to naturally have that power.
‘Just as surgeons need to keep a sterile environment for the health of their patients, the DIA’s conservation, collections management, and curatorial teams often use protective equipment to preserve the health of the museum’s artworks. Today, we gathered up those materials — including Tyvek suits, swabs, masks, P95 mask cartridges, wiping cloths and 3,000 nitrile gloves — and delivered them to local hospitals.’ – dia
“at the deepest level.
the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source.
when you are an artist,
you are a healer;
a wordless trust of the same mystery
is the foundation of your work and your integrity.”
– dr. rachel naomi remen
one of the sweetest cards ever –
created by one of my kinders
who “read” it aloud to me:
“I really, really, really hope that your foot feels better very, very soon.”
(complete with a picture of me with one foot in the giant boot. )
“if you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”
another unexpected mishap
while singing and dancing in my house
while playing extreme family badminton
after lots and lots of walking and hiking
running on the ice with the kinders
limping to the doctor for a boot
it’s only a matter of time
and i’m sure that
a new happy and healthy activity
to challenge me
but i’m going to
keep the boot this time.
“my optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”
i saw this incredibly moving canadian film the other day
released a few years back
nominated for a
foreign film academy award
about a teacher
how one person
can come into another’s life
on a road
after i watched the final scene
i sat in silence
for a long time after.
“what happens when people open their hearts?”
“they get better.”
― haruki murakami,