The Illustration Friday word of the week is refrain.
Sometimes—just sometimes—I can step way back from life (and in particular, my life) and see the larger harmony of it all. I can see how each event, each person contributes to the warp and weft of the fantastically complex web we call Life. I can see how the little irritations and so-called failures, the inequalities and seemingly major differences, the dramas and conflicts are all perfectly right. I can see how all contribute to the music that Consciousness is making with itself. Sometimes I can see that. Most of the time, I’m lost in the clamor, bustle and bruising of my individual life. But then suddenly a ray of light pokes through it all—no, not nearly often enough— illuminating the truth: All truly is well. Something much larger and wiser than I is running the show here. I relax and just do the next thing, knowing I will forget again. And so it goes…
The refrain from Leonard Cohen’s song, “Anthem,” expresses it nicely, I think:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
“Bremen Town Musicians” (watercolor, pen & ink, gouache, colored pencil)