“DON’T PUSH THE RIVER—it flows by itself”—I posted this inspiring Zen book title by Barry Stevens on my Facebook page and shared a drawing posted by a good friend of mine who lives in Spain. She always has inspiring drawings and words of encouragement.
But, as I read the comments I received about my Olympics Perspective post (mostly via email), I realize how we as people sometimes need to ‘push the river’—pushing our own boundaries while encouraging and inspiring each other—as people, as friends and as colleagues, sometimes as strangers and often in profound ways.
Friendship and connection are increasingly vital in our ever changing e-charged world. Through my paintings I have always aspired to portray human concerns and conditions. Creating a blog is enabling me as an artist to open lines of verbal dialogue with viewers which I usually don’t get to experience. [ Once a painting leaves the studio and heads for the gallery, I rarely get to see it in its new home. ]
In researching coffee spots for my book, I discovered much more than eclecticism and great coffee—I found people seeking and finding community, sharing conversation, and enjoying coffee—shoulder-to-shoulder.
This past Sunday night 60 Minutes featured the Classical Symphony Orchestra in Kinshasa, Congo (one of the poorest countries in the world). Thanks to a man of great vision—founder and conductor Armand Diangienda (an ex-airline pilot) and two German filmmakers—many people in Kinshasa were taught to read music and play a full ensemble of donated
instruments. Many of these had to be restored. These talented and passionate musicians did ‘push the river’ and absolutely exemplify how lives can be enriched and transformed with the help and inspiration of each other. You can learn more about the Kinshasa Symphony on their website: http://www.kinshasa-symphony.com/