Holding Light and Darkness

  There are times in life when it seems that I’m living on a see-saw.  One day, life is wonderful and I am full of energy and hope for the future.  The next thing I know, all I can manage is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To keep taking one breath after another and having faith that this too shall pass.   The last month has been one of those times for me.  The night of the Paris attacks was the Opening Artists Reception at the first art show I’ve entered in San Francisco. A long-awaited night to celebrate community and creativity had also become a night of deep pain as once again we faced the affects of rage and hopelessness and asked ourselves “why?”   How do we do this?  How do we hold what feels like polar opposites and not tear ourselves apart? How do we remain present to the reality of our world AND not let the darkness overwhelm us?  The only answer I know is choice.   We have to CHOOSE to live in the light, to be the light.  It’s not always easy, but with every breath, I choose love.  Over and over and over again.   So at the Opening Reception, I shared the message from my painting, She Hears Our Cries.  It’s a message about light and darkness, about holding both and it brought great comfort to many who were there that night.   “Beauty in the darkness Color in the night I will hold your heartaches I will bring the light.”  from She Hears Our Cries,...

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