Nov 10 2011

#194 “Fight For Me”

From Shelley

Every once in a while a piece of artwork comes along that tugs at your heartstrings so violently that you are unsure whether they will ever return to their original state. For me, this fantastic contribution by Shelley is just such a piece. The eyes of the wolf in this picture are truly haunting and serve to effectively pierce the viewer’s soul while the message in the foreground provides a statement that only the hardest of hearts could ignore. What we have here before us represents the pinnacle of both sentiment and artistic aptitude.

It seems that in recent times, the word “pathos” has become a bit distasteful. People have come to associate the term with a devious desire to manipulate another person through the use of illogical emotional appeals. However, even though I believe this illustration is brimming with pathos, I choose to commend rather than condemn this artist. To touch another human’s heart, to make an emotion truly felt by another, to move a stranger to tears… all of these require a unique intellect and a talent that only a small number of blessed souls possess. And in the end, emotional awareness and vulnerability is just as essential to our wellbeing as intellect. We shouldn’t guard our hearts against messages like these, but instead we should open them wide and allow ourselves to experience all that the world has to offer.

Congratulations, Shelley. You have accomplished what many have aimed for but only a select few have achieved. On a related note, if you, the reader of this post, are interested in fighting for the wolf, I suggest you check out Project Alpha Wolf on facebook. PAW advocates wolf education and conservation, and overall provides a great way for you to become involved in a great cause that you can really put your heart into.

Check out PAW here.


Oct 30 2011

#183 “Fragility”

From Sophie in London, England

It takes a very special person to stand up and say that there’s no shame in fragility. Most of us spend so much time trying to be invulnerable that we often lose sight of the value of our delicate nature. I fully believe that fragility is a trait that is not reserved for humans alone, but that every being on this planet (no matter how resilient it might appear on the surface) possesses a side that is as frail and delicate as an eggshell. And there’s no shame in this. We are all beautifully flawed beings who need and deserve to be treated with kindness. If more of us realized this, perhaps we would be nicer to one another, and then in turn the world would slowly transition into a happier place.

When I look at this wolf with a tear streaming down its furry cheek, I don’t pity the creature, nor do I condemn its emotion. I simply embrace its sensitive and sentimental nature with an empathetic heart and know that I, too, have shed many tears… often for reasons unknown.

In closing, this touching illustration of two tender lobos reminds me of a passage from a self-help book entitled Transformation Soup by SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy). The excerpt is called “More Tears, Please.” I have included it below. I hope you enjoy it, and if you ever feel like embracing more fully that delicate and fragile side of yourself, I encourage you to check out some of SARK’s other works, or at least think back to these beautiful animals created by Sophie.

We are afraid to cry.

We are afraid to be seen as weak, or falling apart, or not FUN! to be with.

We cry and then we apologize. We only cry in front of certain people. We only cry when we’re alone, or we can’t cry.

Crying is not spoken of enough.

When Princess Diana was killed, the images and sounds of so many people crying together really touched me…

We must let go and TUMBLE through our interiors with no handholds, and fall limply down, our clothes damp from tears.

We must cry together, and hold each other as our shoulders shake.

We must cry with JOY and bursting open at the stunning beauty and kindness in this world. 

We must cry when we encounter our primitive loneliness and wake up gasping at 4 A.M.

Cry More Often.

We must cry at the injustices and evil and violence in our world.

Cry Again.

I think that until we cry as often as we laugh, we are not fully alive.

Cry For No Reason.

Our tears are the waterfall of the soul and it is our right to experience and express sadness and other feelings through tears.

Don’t Block Tears.

When you feel that distinctive tingle behind your eyes, let the tears out.

You tears live inside of you and want to flow freely.

No More Apologies For Tears!

I welcome your tears and encourage my own.