These are such difficult times for Ukraine and for the world. As someone said recently, it is hard to think about much else. An artist friend in Eastern Canada mentioned that her life had taken on a new morning ritual. She woke, checked on Ukraine and then made coffee - in that order. I can concur with this sequencing in my own morning routine. I find it difficult to focus on the tasks at hand but know that this too is necessary. My mother reminded me that we must proceed as if there is a tomorrow so that there will be. That means, for those of us not in immediate danger, part of our job is to keep things going and to keep believing that this terrible time too shall pass. It is not an easy task because of our guilt about being safe while Ukrainians endure war crime after war crime. However, I see three immediate and necessary task for myself right now. The first is to bear witness by obtaining and reviewing fact-checked media and to become knowledgeable about the contexts and the present and potential impacts of this war. The second task is to do what I can, be it a donation, a letter to our government encouraging more support, participating in a peaceful protest, engaging in a fundraising event, sharing critical information or listening and supporting others in my circle of influence. The third and final task is to prepare for and believe in a peaceful tomorrow. In this third task is my painting practice and art business activities. Writing and publishing “A Brush with Life” every second Friday is one of the activities that is in my third task category as a way to make a difference. Also, there is preparing a good meal, watching a funny movie, having coffee with friends and making time to visit with my family. As we face this time of war together, from wherever we are in the world, let us uphold and embrace each other’s strength of character and goodwill.
With the kindest of regards,