Some weeks are harsh. Thursday was like a harsh week in a day! A car accident in the family, one of my aunts passed away after a long illness, and some crazy work stress for the busiest day of the year. I'm kind of deflated right now. I feel like I should watch Terms of Endearment and sob like a cartoon.
But I've been attending a 10-day Narcissism seminar through Sounds True and it's been really mind expanding, the topic taken from many facets so far: workplace, politics, relationships, the larger culture, the spirit...I'm thinking about ways to be in the world differently.
The Prompt: What To Say
This week's prompt:
"A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something."
First task is to sit for a meditation on that for 5-10 minutes or however long you feel is good to you.
...inspired by my drawing:
Bird tweets by day, then
Crickets are prophets, silence
Lies beyond the field
So both death and narcissism were on my mind this week. There's a cemetery up in Harding County where I can see myself in eternal rest. It's flat smack in the middle of the high plains prairie and there's nobody for miles but a few trees and meadowlarks. It feels very much like the afterlife just visiting and the horizon line looks like the great beyond, the unseen future. Many of my aunts and uncles and my grandparents are there "beyond the field."
And I had nothing for the drawing this week. I was frustrated trying to figure out how to depict silence and then with relief realized a drawing wasn't always necessary. Silence was my drawing. I guess I was struck dumb by the prompt. Sometimes the lack of an answer is an answer.
How did you approach this one?