Thought for the Day

“Only when we know our own darkness well can be be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

-Pema Chödrön, from p. 73 of Comfortable with Uncertainty

Warsaw Ghetto - Acrylic Painting
Warsaw Ghetto, (Acrylic on Canvas, 2001)

2 responses to “Thought for the Day”

  1. Wow, you painted that? That is absolutely stunning!

    1. Thanks, Ilona!

      In Painting 101, we were given an assignment to find a quote we liked and use it for inspiration. I chose a passage from James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” which states: “For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it must always be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.”

      This painting was the direct result of that quote. I found the original image in a book of WWII photos and just went to town.


      p.s. I find it amusing that this comment is longer than my original post.

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