Survival mode

Studio news/blog

Dear Friends

Not so long ago my children received a gift from their grandfather which contained a compass, flint, emergency blanket and a U.S Army survival Manual.

I started to read the manual this weekend and would like to share 2 quotes from it with you today:

“Man is a social animal.  This means we, as humans beings, enjoy the company of others.  Very few people want to be alone all the time!  

As you are aware, there is a distinct chance of isolation in a survival setting.  This is not bad.  Loneliness and boredom can bring to the surface qualities you thought only others had.  The extent of your imagination and creativity may surprise you.  When required to do so, you may discover some hidden talents and abilities.  Most of all, you may tap into a reservoir of inner strength and fortitude yo never knew you had.  Conversely, loneliness and boredom can be another source of depression.  As a soldier surviving alone, or with others, you  must find ways to keep your mind productively occupied.  Additionally, you must develop a degree of self-sufficiency.  You must have faith in your capability to ‘go it alone.'”

and

It would be a rare person indeed who would not get sad, at least momentarily, when faced with the privations of survival.  As this sadness deepens, we label the feeling “depression”.  Depression is closely linked with frustration and anger.  The frustrated person becomes more and more angry as he fails to reach his goals. If the anger does not help the person to succeed, then the frustration level goes even higher.  A destructive cycle between anger and frustration continues until the person becomes worn down-physically, emotionally, and mentally.  When a person reaches this point, he starts to give up, and his focus shifts from “What can I do” to “There is nothing I can do.”  Depression is an expression of hopeless, helpless feeling.  There is nothing wrong with being sad as you temporarily think about your loved ones and remember what life is like back in ‘civilization’ or ‘the world.’ Such thoughts, in fact, can give you the desire to try harder and live one more day.  On the other hand, if you allow yourself to sink into a depressed state, then it can sap all your energy and, more important, your will to survive.  It is imperative that each soldier resist succumbing to depression.”

I wish you all a positive, productive and anxiety free week ahead.

Keep well and stay safe.

xxx

 

 

May 2019 Autumn studio news:

Studio news/blog

“Sometimes, when I find I haven’t written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself for this demented pride that makes me pout after a chimera.  A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy.” Gustave Flaubert

All rubber-wrapped-up for this coming winter….

“The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for the two forces are at war within him – on the one hand the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire…There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.” Carl Jung

Dear friends….

it feels like i’m entering ‘hibernation’ mode for this coming winter, so I’ve been a bit slow with the studio-newsletter thing….but here’s a link:

https://mailchi.mp/9e0355915133/aprilmay-2019-studio-newsletter

“Unless you have been thoroughly drenched in perspiration you cannot expect to see a palace of pearls on a blade of grass.” The Blue Cliff Record

re-arranging my ‘atelier’/studio

stitching…studio view

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Studio view

On another note….I received this message today:

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
Wow, 8 years! Thanks WordPress! And thank you to YOU out there, for reading my blog!
(Now I just have to work on the ‘good blogging’ part 😉