“Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.”
Simone de Beauvoir
I've been feeling blah. There's a lot of art going on, art I'm happy with... but I am feeling blah. Maybe it's the January blahs. Like I am not sure where I'm going, but I am going there fast. Twenty-one was my favorite number for many, many years, because it was Roberto Clemente's number and we thought he was great.
So I want to do 21 kind things. This idea started today, at the grocery store, waiting to order low sodium ham at the deli. There as a pregnant woman with two kids about 6 and 8. She was yelling at the 8 yr old. He looked so darned sorry about whatever he did. It's tough when you are exhausted and your kids are all wound up. I made a comment about how I liked the little girl's shirt and made a little joke and the little girl laughed and the mom smiled. I made another little joke and the mom smiled again and the most amazing thing happened. She turned around and hugged both of her kids!!! I don't know if it really and truly mattered. I will never know.
So. 21 kind things. Pay it forward, that kind of thing.
I also want to leave 21 comments on blogs where I have not ever commented, or have not commented in a long, long time. With the increase in pinterest and FB, there is a definite decrease in blog posts, blog comments, etc. Folks pin something to pinterest to share instead of sharing on their blogs. If these creative folks stopped blogging and stopped sharing their art I would miss them so!!! So I will also leave 21 comments on 21 different blogs. Need to find some place to start? How about Seth Apter's Art Blog list... or Hanna's huge link list... or I have a list to your right----->
Let's do this. What do you think?
Your favorite number might be six or seventeen. That's OK too. But maybe we could each do something this week that will make a difference to someone.