Life As An Art Form

Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry

I Surrender All

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

Life gives us innumerable opportunities to be fully immersed in our purpose, but because of fear, we engage in over-analysis and self-censure. We spend a disproportionate amount of time seeking external validation of what has already been confirmed. Though we know it is time to step out of our fear and into our light, we wait for yet another sign. Sounds familiar?

In this post, I would like to offer a slightly different take on this age-old matter of purpose. Continue reading

Won and Done?

11/11/2016

Photo by Alexander Lam @alxznder

Part of the answer to the question, How Free Exactly Do You Want to Be? lies in how vulnerable and authentic we are willing to be when and if we show up. We must know that all of our life experiences can be useful and instructive, much in the same way the words of our ancestors are for us now. What we write and share has the potential to be the very salt for someone else’s stew of life. Regardless of how hard we think we’ve fought, we can hardly be done.

Just one day after the 2016 United States Presidential Election, I was more than Continue reading

The longer I live, the more I appreciate:

  1. A new sunrise;
  2. A rare moon;
  3. Blankets of fallen leaves bedazzled in red, gold, purple, yellow, and other nameless colors;
  4. Laughter;
  5. Prolonged sleep on a rainy Saturday morning in Fall; and,
  6. Clarity in the creative process.

Right now, these simple and free gifts are giving me Continue reading

What If I Fail?

11/03/2016

Why is this the question we ask when we are tasked with doing the life-changing, groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting work we are called to do? Is it because we know that this work has such power that it can be radically transformative? Is it that we doubt in our ability to do it?

Why don’t we ask instead, Continue reading

How To Live Forever

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

Living’s heavy work. (Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1975.)

I learned yesterday of Author Natalie Babbitt’s death. Babbitt was 84. While she had written several books, Babbitt was most revered for her seminal work,Tuck Everlasting, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Tuck Everlasting, though marketed to young readers, dealt with the subject of mortality, a topic many think it is best to reserve for mature audiences.  Continue reading

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