This started out quite differently – a quite bright blue – but along the way it softened until this final image emerged. I looked at it and felt it represented the grace of kindness among us as I’ve seen a couple of examples of kindness from strangers in the past couple of days. One image was of people hugging someone who was suicidal on a bridge for an hour until help arrived to lift him over and back to safety. Then I saw a video of a cat fight where one cat fell into the water and a complete stranger rushed over, fished the cat out (the ungrateful moggy stalked off!) and then casually walk away. When you open your eyes, kindness is all around us – something to remember and console and hearts and souls given all the negativity which gets so much attention.
I love images of humming birds and I thought that this image with the background reminded me again of staying positive in a challenging world. I make a point of reading good news stories and about the kindness of people around the world as it shows me again and again that the good in this world far outweighs the negative.
I sat and worked on this on my Lenovo tablet this afternoon. I had no idea how much you can create with apps on a tablet, like a whole new creative door has opened for me. My favourite app is Toolwiz, an amazing app with so many functions that I still keep finding new ways to create art with this app.
I’m also rather indebted to President Trump because the awfulness of him and the swamp around him is inspiring me to work on creating images of beauty and colour rather than the turgid grey and black of the billionaire bloodsuckers.
One more post to finalise and then I’m off to sit with my foster dog, Rolo, who – after seven months with us – is off to the UK early Thursday morning to his new family. I shall miss him immensely but I’m so glad we were able to provide him with a holding space until a new family became available to offer him a loving home, complete with garden, cats (he loves our cat) and someone who works from home each day. So he’ll be a complete lap dog with company so he can loll around as he does here – he would have to be the most bone idle dog we’ve ever come across but so affectionate and good-natured.
These images – particularly the one of the honeyeater – reminded me of remembering the magic of how sweet life can be, despite all the ups, downs and challenges. Around us is the beauty of the natural world – flowers, birds, grasses, rivers, puddles of rain, and so on. And friends, lovers, partners – all offer us the possibilities of love, hugs and kind words.
I believe this is actually in the process of coming into being – the turmoil of the presidential elections in the US, the rising resistance in the UK to the class war being waged by the Conservative government on behalf of the corporate class, and upheaval in many other parts of the world against global capitalism are all leading people to look at alternative ways of living, supporting each other and creating new communities and ways of people cooperating rather than competing to climb the slippery ladder.
I live in hope!
WE HAVE NOT COME TO TAKE PRISONERS
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.
To hold ourselves hostage from love.
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
“O please, O please,
Come out and play.”
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,
Our divine courage, freedom and