6:21 in the AM. A bit early for me, of late. Although I have been up this early before. 😉
Saw “connected” last night. It’s an “autoblogography” by Tiffany Shlain. She’s also the daughter of Leonard Shlain, who wrote two of my favorite books: “Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light,” and “The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image.” He had a way of making connections between things that might seem otherwise disparate.
And his daughter has the flair. Last night, I saw in a way I haven’t before how my actions have a profound ripple effect. We are all waaaaaaaay too connected not to understand that each action we take has consequences far beyond what we might imagine, and far beyond the effects caused by the actions of our grandparents, or even our parents. And we’re only becoming more closely connected all the time.
And I learned, too, that help is far closer than I think.
I’ve got issues with depression and anxiety, and I also have fibro myalgia. My pain was up pretty good last night. I did my best to ignore it, but sometimes, if I don’t acknowledge it, and act accordingly, I start pushing that pain out into the world. Thankfully, I have a number of skills and tools that help me not direct that pain at other people – but sometimes I can be a bitchy bitch. After an excellent convo with Jo (my amazing, wonderful, beautiful wife, and a filmmaker in her own right), T. Shlain’s film last night really caused me to FEEL, down to my toes, how my actions affect the world around me, and the world farther than I can see. Just because I can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. 😉
So Jo and I decided that this morning, we would blog. We’re both writers of many years, and neither of us are writing.
We are now.
Thanks, Tiffany and Leonard Shlain, for your brilliance, and your compassion. I see things more clearly now. And I’m inspired to DO something about … well, “it.”
What’s “it?” Life? Art? My place in “it” all? Ehn. Don’t really know. But I DO know how I want to be in “it.” Loving, creating, engaging. And for now, one of the “its” is “Meeting the Resistance!” I’ve been backed up on the film – constipated, if you will. Not after last night. 😉
I hope y’all are having a wonderful day – or, at least, you’re wonderful within it, whatever it looks like.