In a time of destruction, create something. - Maxine Hong Kingston
If you've ever been blindsided by tragedy, you know the feeling of waking up in the morning and, for a split second, forgetting that it happened. But quickly the awful awareness dawns on you and you realize that you must get up and live in this new reality. I think most of America is probably experiencing this today, numb with shock and grief over the tragedy in Connecticut. It was sometime after 9/11 that I read the quote above which sadly, because of the frequency, has become my default way to navigate forward in times of great devastation. By some strange alchemy, there truly is comfort in getting out the pen (the paint, the knitting needles, the rolling pin, the garden tools) and just creating. It doesn't change reality, but it is something real and tangible that affirms rather than negates life. And on some sad days, that's enough.