Ascending, paper collage, 2022
It is not your job to acquire belongings; it is your job to figure out what belongs to you and create extensions of its light.
It is not often that my first thought of the day is as meaningful as this one. But on those rare occasions when, suspended somewhere between wakefulness and sleep, my subconscious happens to offer up bits of wisdom, guidance, or creative insight, I am deeply grateful.
Indeed, this was the first thought I had this morning. And it startled me such that I hopped out of bed just before 7 a.m., grabbed my notebook, and wrote it down verbatim. I then thought, “I need to write something about this!” But, upon reflection, I don’t think that’s necessary. The statement speaks for itself.
I will, however, say one thing before I leave you to enjoy the rest of the weekend: this thought is an answer. It is answer to a question, or series of questions, I have been asking (asking myself, asking God, attempting to summon forth an answer from my subconscious) about my why. Why make all this art and poetry? Part of that answer is, “because it’s like breathing”…but, why? Why am I constantly driven to create? Why do I sense that my creative self is my highest self, and yet often struggle to reconcile that with the demands of the outer world?
Perhaps it doesn’t need to be such a struggle. Perhaps it never needed to be.
Light and life. What is ours and not ours. To love, to reflect, and pay forward. What belongs to me. What belongs to you.
Prints for the artwork above are available in my Etsy shop.