A Note From Frances : Express – Tempest

Tempest - Express; watercolor on paper, 39 x 26 inches, 2014 by Frances Gaffney

“Tempest – Express”; watercolor on paper, 39 x 26 inches, 2014 by Frances Gaffney

“As long as you live, you will be subject to change, whether you will it or not – now glad, now sorrowful; now pleased, now displeased; now devout, now undevout; now vigorous, now slothful; now gloomy, now merry. But a wise man who is well taught in spiritual labor stands unshaken in all such things, and heeds little what he feels, or from what side the wind of instability blows.”

― Thomas à Kempis, 1470

Our emotions are like the weather. Energy, like emotion, must be released or expressed. Forces gather in strength and intensity. A little sun shower now and then is more welcome than a tempest. We are aggressive beings. We love aggressively and we abhor aggressively. Aggression is neither bad nor good. But it does exist and will be expressed whether a little at a time as it presents itself, or all at once as in a war. If we can learn to release all the little aggressions, in productive, meaningful ways, could war become a thing of the past?

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