Areas of Life

It is a beautiful and crisp New England morning and I have a To-Do list a mile long, and — happily — a scheduled walk.  So, quickly, here, a few images from the weekend.

Quilt is Middle Passage III – and I have to say, I don’t think I am up to the task of depicting the kind of losses that slavery represented.  It was not loss of home, culture, continent, language alone – it was ALSO loss of personhood.

Still, the quilts want making.  Who am I to fight that?

Do you sometimes feel drawn to subject matters that are beyond your ken, somehow?

Lastly, a quote to start your week —

All of us have areas of life that draw our attention, make us feel more connected, and feed our need to grow. … Aliveness has no definitive expression.  Anything we do with passion can be done in a spirit of service.  If it feeds us, it WILL feed the world.  We sometimes feel we are not deserving of being fed.  We may feel we are selfishly following our interests, as if we should be out there where the action is, where the problems are, not hunching over a microscope or gazing at the stars.  But the world is more connected than that.  The world is crying out for aliveness, not for a specific activity.  Opening our hearts through whatever means serves the greater good.

an essay entitled, “Service” by Rodney Smith in
“Voices of Insight” edited by Sharon Salzberg