Keeping it Simple — Project #6 Acknowledge

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Every year for the holidays we decorate our ficas tree with tags I’ve made for it and some faux crystals set in front of a garland of twinkle lights in the windows.  This year, in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Ct. I felt it was important to acknowledge how this act has changed us moving forward by making some prayer tags to add to the tree.

I cannot help but believe that the isolation created by our technologically driven society has contributed toward this horrific event. While I embrace technology for it’s wonders, I also realize that the culture has shifted and many people are less in touch with each other personally and are using social media as their primary means of communication.  I would like to believe someone could have seen the desperation in this young man’s life and sounded an alert so that he could get help.  I would like to believe that we do notice each other, that we smile, that we shake hands, that we hug, but I do fear that technology is taking much of the personal interaction away.  We blog, we facebook, we text, we tweet.  It’s time for us to spend more time and meet.  To make those connections that feed us, make us less afraid, make us appreciate our humanity, our alikeness, our souls.

So my prayers for these families and for all of us to are to acknowledge each other, to accept that mental illness affects so many and take the stigma away, to shift the culture away from isolation and bring us into connection and community.  And to send our own love out into the universe so that it can be felt by others around us.  I wish you all love and peace.

Please go visit Diana Trout’s new facebook page her and see what other artists in this wonderful community are doing…https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayer-Flags-for-Newtown/188127127992478

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Comments

  1. You’re in our hearts, we know all too well how much impact such a tragedy has on a communty.

  2. We were appalled at the tragedy in Newtown.. Rst assured that we Aussies have you in our hearts….technology or no.

  3. I have been so shocked and appalled by this awful tragedy, there are few words to encompass the pain and loss. I think you are so right about our increasing isolation both from each other and from reality. We have so much knowledge and yet our understanding of mental health issues is so limited. All of the people touched by these awful events are in my thoughts.

  4. Lovely post and so true!

  5. Lovely post and true. sometimes, there are just no words … feelings … hugs …..

  6. The horror the community is coping with is beyond comprehension for me. I cannot imagine the hurt. Your prayer tags are a wonderful way to spread more love and peace!

  7. Corrine you have put into words what so many must be feeling. It is very difficult to comprehend the horror of it all. So many lives affected for ever.

  8. Corrine
    Thank you for writing this — my heart is hurting for all those families in CT. It is just so unbelievably sad and awful. I hope we will all band together to try to stop this sort of thing from happening again.
    PG

  9. As a mental health professional I get very distraught when a tragedy like this occurs…by both the event and the media coverage. I admire and appreciate immensely how you handled expressing your thoughts. Words mean very little to me at times like this but action…now that is what changes the world. Thank you.

  10. I think your words are lovely, so very sensitive. It’s difficult to say this but we can’t blame ourselves for the level of depravity some people go to, some responsibility must be taken by them. Having said that of course the best way is action, noticing when people are isolated, more care in the community…. of course, but not on our own.

  11. Thank you Corrine…for your beautiful, encouraging words. Every year when you decorate your Ficus, you’ll be reminded of them.

  12. Corrine.. I am deflated with this tragedy. However, your words are uplifting. There are so many changes that should be made in this world. An example is the violent xbox games they make; have you seen those commercials? Anyway, we give our love and caring to others and we hope it spreads.. pay it forward. Thank you for all your sharing.

  13. Thanks for your kind visit and your lovely Christmas wishe, Corrine! I want to have a *no-pressure* season and spend time with my family!
    Sending warm wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2013.

    Hugs to you,
    Gaby

  14. lyle baxter says:

    Amen to that! your tags are wonderful. I watched the Memorial service last night wondering what we will do . I hope the prez. sticks to what he said. We should be able to control ( somewhat) the flow of guns, but how to we educate people who think women can control pregnancy from rape that mental illness is not something you give yourself ! thats what my mother in law threatened her boys with – if they didnt abide by the house rules they would be in trouble mentally! and she was “Educated” It will be a challenge! I will continue sending the Walking Women in search of peace and write to every elected official I can think of!Peace to you and yours and love too!

  15. I have been sitting with my thoughts and feelings about this tragedy, and trying to find a way to express it all in my work. Prayer tags seem like just the thing, and yours are gorgeous. Thanks Corinne. xo

  16. This is such a good post Corrine…thoughtful and respectful to those who are hurting deeply. It is in cases like this one where we all wish we could turn back time and somehow make it so this tragedy did not exist. Lifting the families and friends up in prayer with you today and in the days to come.

  17. Dear corrine , your prayer tags are fantastic, what a beautiful idea, it is a terrible tragedy that has happened in Newtown, wish you a lovely Christmas time with your family.
    Hugs Anni

  18. My gosh, this is SO perfectly stated and something that’s been floating around the edges of my mind, but you’ve helped crystallize. What an excellent idea and way for the art community to share – your flags are lovely and will be a great addition to your tree.

  19. Dear Corrine, how so very well said. So true! We do live far too much through technology, even I who doesn’t own a mobile phone and who is against too much computer playing, spends quite some time here blogging and on the computer. It is great but like you say, can lead to isolation. It’s just so terribly sad, my heart goes out to all those left to suffer their losses. Your tags are great, so full of meaning and love!

  20. Love the tags! and yes, we need to spend more time with each other. My oldest daughter is a humbug this year so to get her into the Christmas spirit I’m giving her a gift each day of the 12 days of Christmas. she is starting to crack…
    After I heard the news about the school shooting I sent up a prayer for all. Then I had to shut the TV off, my heart couldn’t take it.
    send out love where ever you go!
    Merry Christmas.
    xxox,
    jill

  21. Thank you, Corrine. This is beautifully stated and I agree about the problem of increased isolation. It is hurting us individually and collectively. Your prayer tags are beautiful…just perfect. I will definitely check out the Facebook page you mentioned.

  22. Beautiful post and so much truth in it.
    Sending love and light …

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