OBT day 14

Yesterday was “one of those days.” If you’re an artist of any stripe, you probably know what it’s like to wonder why you’re still trying to do this work, and whether or not you should be. Even if you’re not an artist, you’ve probably been there at some point.

That’s where I was yesterday, and it’s the place I’m trying to get past today. My One Bright Thing for today is a set of “beatitudes” I wrote for artists. I’m hoping if I sit with them for a while, they’ll be helpful, and that you’ll find them helpful too.

Beatitudes for Artists:

  1. Blessed are the different, for they shall find new paths.
  2. Blessed are they who face rejection, for they shall learn their strength.
  3. Blessed are they who challenge the system, for they shall know their own worth.
  4. Blessed are they who fall, for they shall find power in rising back up.
  5. Blessed are they who do not conform, for they shall bring about change.

And here’s a virtual cat hug:

fergus hug
Fergus thinks you should do your thing.

 

As always, thanks for visiting. If you found today’s post helpful, please share! Also think about posting your own bright thing somewhere on social media today. It could be a photo, a drawing, a poem, some music, some thoughts: anything that makes you smile and puts some light out in the world. (If you share on Twitter, you can tag me at @kfaatz925 and use the hashtag #OBTChallenge.)

 

A New Daily Challenge: One Bright Thing

#OBTChallenge Day 1

To bring in 2020, I’m repurposing the blog for a while. Let’s see how long I keep it going…

It’s already a tough year. A lot of us are probably struggling with more anxiety than usual because of the headlines, especially the news out of Australia and Iran. January is often a tough month to begin with: after the holidays, when life goes back to normal, but the days are very short and it’s often cold and dreary. All of this gets compounded if you already struggle with mental health challenges.

That’s exactly where I am. So I decided to give myself a new kind of challenge, in the spirit of lighting a candle rather than letting the darkness take over. My goal for myself is to post one thing on the blog, every day, that puts a bit of light out in the world and maybe makes someone smile. One bright thing.

My first one is some music, a recording I made of three of my favorite sonatas by Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti. (I have a feeling music will be a frequent go-to in this project.) I love these pieces for their clarity, peace, and joy. Other days, I might post a photo – hopefully not always a cat photo 😉 – or a short piece of writing, or even a sketch or watercolor.

I invite you to enjoy the music here and visit back tomorrow. I also invite you to post your own bright thing somewhere on social media today. If you post it on Twitter, you can tag me at @kfaatz925, and use the hashtag #OBTChallenge.

I’d love to see what you come up with. Let’s put some light into the world for the New Year.