Hopes & Fears

When I’m creating digital art, I mostly listen to my intuition. So today I created a deep blue canvas on PicMonkey and tweaked it a bit with PicMonkey’s gizmos, so that I ended up still with a fairly dark canvas but with a bright light in one corner shining brightness into the canvas. Then I added a photo I took a while back of grass growing beside the Mediterranean, and finally added some effects from PIxlr.

I named this “Hopes & Fears”  because the bright light denotes our hopes, while it also shines a light on the fears that lurk in our emotional depths.  Sometimes we need to be brave and circumvent these fears so we can take action, shine our light and release our creativity. Sometimes we need to heed those fears because they can represent commonsense and also an intuitive feeling to tread carefully in following our hopes.

However, when you know your hopes are heading you in the right direction and you know you have to walk your talk and talk your walk, below is the famous poem by the brilliant American Poet, Mary Oliver: The Journey.

Hopes & Fears


“The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.”
Mary Oliver

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