Creativity in the Face of Dark Times

Recent news is the kind  that makes you hug your loved ones a little tighter, think a little bit about the future, and thank God for your blessings and that you are safe today.  Gilbert Muniz, one of my extremely creative friends, had this to say on Facebook last Friday:

Going offline for at least today. I’m unable to process all the news coming in from Paris right now. I can’t process how sick and depressed this information makes me.
Paris is a living, thriving testament to how much beauty and creativity can exist in the world. I was honored to be able to visit Paris for a design competition in 1999. I met a collective of artists that both admired and respected the city’s ability to both recruit and nurture art, and that is the memory I’m holding on to right now.
No one should have to endure what befell last night. We as Americans are forced to recall memories of September 11th and the sorrow we all felt from that day. For what we have all gone through, today, we are all Parisian.
I encourage everyone to be creative today, if only for a day. Bring some beauty into the world with your art. I personally have to stay busy or the thoughts of this tragedy will drive me insane, and we all know that’s already a short trip. 😉
I’m working with my new indigo vat all day today. I know it’s a small gesture to fill the world with something creative, and I know it won’t fix the issues we face today, but maybe, just maybe, someone will smile because of what I’ve made, and frankly, that might just be enough right now.
Be safe, everyone.
  

I particularly liked his point about making someone smile because of something he made.  I think about my youngest son, David, who writes fantasy/sci-fi novels that are absorbing and fun and he is close to releasing a new novel.  I think about my oldest son, his wife and son.  All of them make me smile with happiness, do what they can to help me in my life, as I do what I can to help them. Our family works well and it is a wonderful thing.

Sew I am working on my new storm-at-sea quilt that is the second in my “Waiting…” series today.  I have been a little off my game physically lately, but am getting much better.  During this time I have come up several quilts I really want to make (see this blogpost), and now I am beginning to feel like working on them again.

Sew in this time of bad news, make things that make people smile, feel inspired, or just takes their mind off of their fears and troubles for a while, or teach someone to do these things.  Keep on marching forward and being creative, lighting up the space near us with beauty and fun despite the dark times.

Sew happy everyone!  God’s blessings be upon you and stay safe.

2 thoughts on “Creativity in the Face of Dark Times

  1. Terrie says:

    Thanks for sharing that, Betty Jo. I hope you will be feeling much better very soon. All the best, always,
    Terrie

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