Archive for April, 2014

April 30, 2014

You don’t have time to sit and doubt . . .

Inspiration for the last day of April:

The heart knows the truth.
Trust it, for life is short.

(From the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)

April 6, 2014

Art is not just in us, it is us

An excellent quote from Sarain Stump, a Shoshone-Cree poet and artist from Wyoming, later co-ordinator of the Indian art program at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College:

Art is us, with our frustrations and hopes, with all of our good and bad feelings. Through art, we can make ourselves clearly understood beyond the barriers of time and space . . . beyond the inhibitions of language. Our art is us as Indian people and its rebirth will be one of the major forces for our people’s rebirth.

Whether we are of First Nations decent or otherwise, our art is our own unique form of expression. It gives us strength and confidence in who we are. It enables us to explore the roots of our being, our culture, our history, and to share those discoveries with the world. And it provides us with a safe outlet for expressing and releasing long-held emotions and experiences, and therefore serves an important healing function.

For these reasons and more, art deserves a place in our lives.

Your art is an essential part of who you are. Please let it shine.

April 4, 2014

Laugh of the day: A bookworm’s bad dream

Courtesy of Alex Hallatt’s Arctic Circle comic strip on April 2, 2014:

Alex Hallatt's Arctic Circle comic strip, April 2, 2014

 

(Source: http://arcticcirclecartoons.com/comics/april-2-2014/

April 2, 2014

The power of touch runs deep

Following on the theme of yesterday’s post — my April challenge to reach out and touch someone (new) — here are a few quotes that highlight the power of touch in our lives:

‘Tis the human touch in the world that counts — the touch of your hand and mine — which means far more to the sinking heart than shelter or bread or wine. For shelter is gone when the night is o’er, and bread lasts only a day. But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice live on in the soul always.
(Spencer M. Free)

Yes I am a strong person, but every now and then I also need someone to take my hand and say everything will be OK.
(Anonymous)

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism
(Leo Buscaglia)

The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch each other.
(Jack Kornfield)

April 1, 2014

April challenge: Reach out and touch someone (new)

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
(Maya Angelou)

This April, I challenge you to reach out and make physical contact with someone whom you have never touched before. It could be a hand on the arm or the knee, a hug or a high five, a playful pinch in the ribs — whatever suits the moment, your comfort level and your inclination.

Physical contact with other human beings is vital our health and well-being; it is fundamental to our senses of worth and connection and belonging in the world. Yet we often undervalue our tactile senses — or discount them altogether — in our “modern-day” dealings with other people.

This month, make an effort to change that. Bring physical touch back, and see how good it makes you (and others) feel.