Here in the U.S., we’ve had a tumultuous week following a difficult election. The final result of our presidential election has sent many reeling and many celebrating. For me, the week with its weird combination of predictions and exultations was sobering and as possessive of attention as a strong vacuum.
In the midst of all the inner and online clamor, I read a social media post offered by artist and author Makoto Fujimura that struck me: "No matter what your reaction to this historic election, our response should be to cultivate the good, true and the beautiful.”
Yes to this, I thought.
Those transcendentals fit with what I have had in the margin of this blog for a long while: “Aiming at the intersections of thought, faith, imagination, and beauty in everyday life.” I'm recommiting to my pre-workday writing desk – a place where I've been absent too often for too long because I’ve been “too tired” or “too busy” – to attend to the entries on this blog that are yet to be posted and the pages of a new book* yet to be fully written.
All that is good, true, and beautiful surrounds us, waiting quietly to fill inner space and then be shared. God be praised.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you might do to cultivate the good, the true, and the beautiful in coming months.
*If you’re interested in learning a bit about the new book, I invite you to read the [monthly] email I send out to readers who ask to receive it.
[Photo: taken of a few leaves remaining on a nearby tree.]