“There is a Sanskrit saying that anxiety is the fever of life. We sit here wrapped in troubled thoughts while a knot forms in the stomach and a band tightens around the chest. We lean forward with the feeling that some great chain is holding us anchored in place.
And our saving grace is attitude. Our attitude towards what we believe in, what we think about, how we talk, and how much. There is no stress in the mind that is poised and calm. Benjamin Franklin said we should never anticipate trouble or worry about what might happen. But keep in the sunshine. And that sunshine is a faith that will take us through when anxiety rides our backs.”
I find my anxiety at this point has to do with my age, age 65. It feels like there is a lack of time, too many unknown possibilities. Now, I think of my parents’ comments at this age. I am finding compassion which feels too late! Their own anxieties had to be something like my own. My Thomas and I have health issues. There are financial difficulties to be solved. We are not alone in having these issues. The trick is how to solve those issues. Overthinking the sense of having a lack of time could get me stuck on that concern. My struggle is to not let that happen by having a “just do it!” attitude. “Stay in the present!” “Be consistent!” It’s not easy to stop feeling overwhelmed. I need to see progress.
I think the only workable answer is to just do it!
Pejj Nunes 8/1/2020
By Pejj Nunes
I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.”
Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj
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