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The Upside of Loss/Change

January 15, 2011

Leaving the Scene III - oil - 9" x 12" - $150.00

In the last several weeks my mind has, on more than one occasion,  been drawn to the alethiology (the nature of truth) surrounding personal and global loss.

During the  painting of  the mini series “Leaving the Scene”, I found myself reflecting on the ‘nature’ and ‘truth’ inherent in the act of leaving.    Throughout that process I came to acknowledge that the act of leaving is synonymous with change.

On the surface change can be seen to be either painful or joyous, mediocre or superior and is very often shunned by the global community…even my cats.  Throughout my life I have seen individuals stay in a situation that is horrid, in order to avoid it.

Although change is not entirely synonymous with loss (especially for physicists), it is often viewed in that regard.  This is especially true for those who view their world with their ‘cup half empty’ as apposed to their ‘cup half full’.

The world at large has been experiencing an inordinate amount of loss/change in these past weeks.  One wonders if there is something to be realized from these events.  With the loss of loved ones, human and animal, personal property, natural habitat and means of lively-hood, it can be hard to imagine the upside.  If we are to take notes, glean insight from the Aussies response to their situation, we soon see that in the bleakest of moments the cup can be seen as ‘half full’.

Experiencing loss can give us ‘tools’ and insight with which to cope with future losses/changes.  As a global unit we have quite a road ahead.  Natural and human disaster are inevitable but with better governance (using these ‘tools’) the earth and it’s inhabitants stand a better chance of survival.

I vote that loss bring us closer to the people that we love and give us the courage to forge change.  Change that inspires the Rotary Four Way Test:

1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?

3.  Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Now isn’t that a platform from which to run one’s life?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2011 12:26 am

    So true.

    My grandmother had a hard life, yet she was a happy women who whistled show tunes all the time. One day when I was about 12 or 13 I noticed a note tacked to the wall in the dressing area of her small studio apartment. It read “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time”. I later heard the same line in a folk song, possibly one of Pete Seiger’s songs. She may have heard it in that song also. I try to follow that philosophy every day.

    With the loss of your own beloved, I so admire the way you have taken on life and whatever change it brings with great courage and an upbeat slant on it all.

    Love this painting too! You are so good and keep getting better at your work.

    Sandy

  2. January 28, 2011 1:02 am

    Thank you Sandy for your kind words and insightful comments. Much appreciated.
    I would have loved to have met your grandmother! I too, aspire to follow this philosophy daily. It is a tough one but actually quite enjoyable. Beats the alternative of regrets and misgivings.

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