Looking through my draft blog posts I found this quote, which I’d saved back in January. It feels apt as I start looking through my email and all the other things put on “pause” while I was at Higham Hall in a tranquil bubble of creativity:
“While we do not get to curate the realities of the external world, the barrage of news, or our social media, we do decide the parameters of our reactions. We decide the size of each reaction, each thought. We decide how long each thought is allowed to stay, how much space it is given, how much power it will have.”
“Thoughts are visitors we invite into our minds.”
— Reema Zaman
And, like visitors, some thoughts are more welcome than others, some overstay their welcome, others don’t visit often enough.
The light at the end of the tunnel is finding ways to encourage the latter. For me it lies in painting.