Friday, September 25, 2009

Fear, Meet Love

From a recent article by Martha Beck, in O Magazine:

Fear: Always feels bad, motivates grasping, seizes control, insists on certainty, needs everything.

Love: Always feels good, motivates liberation, relaxes control, accepts uncertainty, needs nothing.

"My Love Is Good," Addie, 2009

"School Fair," Addie, 2009

"School Fair," Addie, 2009

Yeah, I'm reading too much into these pictures. But the fact that Addie is obsessed with Fairs right now (School Fairs, County Fairs, State Fairs, People's Fairs), combined with her confusing "Fair" and "Fear," was too metaphorically rich to resist. I mean, isn't that exactly what I've been trying to do, with talking to flying pigs and chattering teeth and making friends with my anxiety? To make a Fair out of my Fear?

And then, of course, there is the greatest truth in the universe, coming straight from the mouth of a five-year-old: My love is good.

If that ain't the God's truth, I don't know what is.

1 comment:

  1. I would most definitely frame that first one and keep it forever and ever and ever.