Practicality Is The Antidote To Emotionality


UNTITLED, 1986, 5′ x 5′, pigment on wool flannel
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I know there are people in my life absolutely ecstatic

Over the appearance of the word: ‘PRACTICAL’

In my vocabulary.

Fact is: We, humans have leanings toward particular

Ways of being.

I have been an artist longer than I can remember.

My primary tool in this vocation has been

Access to the watery and indistinct nesting grounds

Where inspiration lives.

My current path in life demands I pick up other kinds of brushes and paint.

My desire is not to displace my emotions

In favor of something ‘better’ or more effectual.

No.

The root of the word PRACTICAL is ‘PRACTICE’.

It has to do with ACTION in the ‘real-time’ world

As opposed to the theoretical.

Living in partnership with chronic illness

Demands we give our precious emotional lives a rest

And enlist the support of the practice involved

In carving out the logistics of a new kind of life.

A very good girlfriend (an artist in the practicality realm)

Helped me, yesterday

With a fabulous tip:

She wanted me to tell her THREE THINGS

That were causing me pressure in my life this week.

I said:

1. No energy to do the dishes.
2. My dog has a barking issue.
3. The woman that grocery shops for me told me she would not be here but I forgot.

Just the action of saying the things relieved me.

But she stepped in and gifted me with some housecleaning!

And I asked another friend if she’d shop for me and she said yes.

I called a dog trainer.

PRESTO!!

Pressure vanished.

It was THRILLING, I tell you…

The alleviation of my previous interior machinations

Left me feeling

GRATEFUL, NOT ALONE, CONNECTED, RELIEVED, HAPPY, LIGHT.

I think this THREE THINGS CAUSING ME PRESSURE admission

Could be used in anyone’s life at any time.

Ask your lover, child, friend:

WHAT THREE THINGS ARE ADDING PRESSURE TO YOUR LIFE THIS WEEK?

And see if you can do something about it

Even if it is just to listen.

I’m here to tell you

This is a fine, fine paintbrush to have at the ready

As we all make new lives for ourselves.

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