With an end to isolation on our hopeful horizons, I see artists emerging from their quarantine cocoons, eager to get back in the studio or onto the stage. Unfurling their wings to fly beyond where they've been.
This last pandemic year has provided an abundance of silk for metamorphosis.
There is nothing to indicate that a caterpillar will turn into a butterfly. Their creeping, crawling, six-legged presence defies all assumptions of winged beauty and flight.
Yet, a cocoon can change you.
When the rhythm of life shifts, we can change in ways we wouldn't assume possible.
This month on the podcast I produce (family360), we interviewed a guest who used the provocative phrase,
"Assumptions are the kill switch to presence."
History is full of artists (& scientists and philosophers) who pushed against assumptions to expand and grow our collective knowledge and wisdom.
In our hearts, we're all artists.
Creative in our heartfelt participation in the making and remaking of our world – imagining our way out of our COVID cocoons with hopeful trembling.
Will assumptions keep us as caterpillars?
Will our assumptions bind us to the borders of our imagination, and our paucity of courage into the unknown?
Will our assumptions be a kill switch to our generative presence in our world?
Willing or not, COVID has made caterpillars of us all.
As artists in life, are we ready to venture forth from our cocoon, eager to push against assumptions to envision life lived and loved more fully?
Only in rejecting these assumptions can we dream new dreams, hope new hopes and know new wings.
And emerge bravely into new possibillites.