Truthfully, I don't have the heart to write much today. I had planned on writing about process, and how fear and self doubt can hinder the creative process.
I looked at my phone upon waking up, and could immediately tell that something was wrong. Something had happened in the world over the past few days while my phone was ignored.
I looked at the news.
My heart broke.
Today I'm doing my best to remember that there is good still in the world. People died this week trying to act out that good.
Those who know me aren't going to be surprised that I'm turning to Tolkien today. Addressing the themes of good vs. evil, inner strength and unity against overwhelming odds, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit have always been my go-to for grounding. My sketchbook is a place where I can place my emotions and walk away from them (if I'm doing it right). It's what I turned to compulsively during high school, and remain my favorite stories. Just painting one of my favorite quotes helped me wrap my head and heart around what I'm feeling.
Let's all do something to leave the world a little better off today.
P.S. Here's the soundtrack from the 1977 cartoon of The Hobbit, in case you needed some whimsical happy today.