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Spoonfuls of Love & Kindness

Anyone else feeling the world is an icky place to be right now?  I always try really hard to focus on all the good and not dwell on the bad, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult.  I feel so anxious about what the future holds, don’t you?  Do we even have a future?

When feeling this way, I just want to curl up in a giant cookie, suck my thumb, and pretend the world’s not there.  The next best thing to doing all of that is crafting.  I can lose myself in paint and glue and paper and the chaos of my craft room.  Sucking of the thumb is not advised during this time as it will usually be covered in all manner of art mediums, but cookies are allowed, as long as they’re washed down with copious amounts of tea.  Some music on the stereo, a nice warm cardi, and I’m all set.

This weekend I worked on this collage piece.  It’s quite pink for me, but maybe I was chanelling my inner child and wanting some comfort and cuteness.  Maybe that was just the colour I grabbed first (after culling all my papers a few weeks back, I am now a bit low on supplies…might need to go shopping ,hee hee!) and it has no emotional ulterior motive at all.  Whatever, I am quite pleased with this one.  It came together so quickly (for me, Mrs Snail-Pace) and I like its sentiment and theme.  I can see there’s a couple of spots I need to touch up (not outlined or finished off completely) but I will do that before  varnishing.

I do think kindness is the most important quality a person can have.  I think it creates a foundation for everything else.  If you’re inherently kind, you won’t judge people, or be intolerant.  You will put others first and not seek to oppress or demean anyone.  You will strive for the greater good, and help others to do the same, by your example. There is strength in love, and it should never be seen as a weakness.  Love and kindness should be encouraged in schools, and in churches and in our community.  Instead of someone getting three million “likes” because they achieved the perfect duck pout or showed their boobs or bought a new handbag (the cost of which would probably feed three families for a month), we should be applauding those that do good.

We should be celebrating kindness and spreading love and compassion.

Anyway, I am getting on my “be nice” high horse again.  I had a lovely weekend – caught up with an old friend, spent time with my family and brand new baby nephew, and did lots of crafting.  I had time to myself, and time with loved ones, which is the perfect balance.  I nested and baked and slept and tried not to think about the outside world.

Hope you experience, and share in, some love and kindness today x

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What the?

I don’t even know what to say.  The 2016 US Presidential Election is…I mean, what can I say?  I don’t want to get into a political debate, because there will be people who actually are glad the way things ended up, and are happy Mr Trump won but, seriously, I am dumbfounded.  I don’t think I have ever used the word “dumbfounded” in my life before, but no other word sums up what I am feeling right now.

I’ve never worried too much about US politics before, but this year I am terrified.  And kinda angry.  And just really, really confused.  What the heck happened?

That’s all I’m going to say.

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Planet Earth is Blue and There’s Nothing I Can Do…

Planet Earth is Blue and There’s Nothing I Can Do…

The world is a scary and uncertain place right now.  I suppose, in a lot of ways, it always has been, but I feel it now, more than ever.  Wars going on everywhere, it seems, and political unrest is the everyday norm. Children dying, people losing their homes and livelihoods, unspeakable acts of violence and cruelty – you can’t watch the news without feeling hopeless and helpless, angry and sad all at the same time.  I admit I have been switching off – not just the television, but my own mind and heart.  I cannot bear to see another story about man’s inhumanity to man.  Even on the home front – my workplace and family life seems fraught with danger and worry and at the end of the day I am just coming home, locking the front door and not wanting to let the world in (not an unusual occurrence for me in general, but, just lately, it seems almost imperative to my mental well-being and physical strength). I can barely look at Facebook – the posts about Gaza and child abuse, murders and cruelty to animals breaks my heart and makes me so sad.

This weekend I have babysat my gorgeous nieces – hardly babies at the ages of 9 and 11 but “babies” nevertheless in my mind and heart.  I want to wrap them up in cotton wool and protect them from the world.  I don’t want them to ever have to worry about foreign invasion or the atrocities of war.  I don’t even want them to stub a toe – how can I ever be ready to let them go into the big bad world which gets more uncertain by the day?  It is probably a good thing it is not up to me to “let them go”, because I don’t think I could.  I want to lock them up in a tower, Rapunzel-style, and keep them away from the world and all that could harm them.

But, of course, in doing that, I would be denying them the chance to change the world and make it better.  In order to fight injustice and cruelty, you have to first see it and want to make a difference.  I still believe there are good people, I still believe in love and harmony and tolerance.  I want to believe all those things are achievable and something to strive for.
But it is hard right now.  I haven’t been wanting to post on my blog because everything I write seems inane or ridiculously unimportant in comparison to what is going on all around the world.  I don’t know if things actually ARE worse right now or if I am just feeling it more than usual.

Does everyone else feels this way, or  is it just me?

I hope, in your little corner of the world, that things are calm and peaceful.  I hope your children are safe, your animals well-cared for and your homes protected and secure.
I hope you have food on the table and laughter and love as your companions, instead of fear and insecurity, violence and intolerance.

May you wake up in the morning knowing you and your family are free to live as you choose, regardless of your religious background, sexual orientation, skin colour or country of birth.
I don’t think that is too much to ask but, just now, it seems impossible for so many people.  And that just makes me so very sad.