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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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)

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