One Thing a Day
Daily drawings inspired by a poet-doctor, drawing our way through tough times, and a new way for the GUT to share our drawings.
Hello, GUT friends. I hope this finds you well.
It’s been a tough week. It seems like so many of us are moving though hard times right now. As a do-er, my tendency is to DO my way though my feelings (Start a new project! Make a big plan! Start a hugely ambitious, totally unsustainable fitness routine involving immediate grocery shopping, new clothes, maybe shoes!) And while this stuff may give me a boost in the moment, it ultimately leaves me feeling even more exhausted. So, in addition to making a therapy appointment, what’s a human with big hard feelings supposed to do?
I am using this opportunity to remind myself (and you, if you need it) that this is precisely when we draw. Not for a job or a show or a commission but for the goddam daily practice of it: to slow down, put our attention on something, and move our hands and bodies. Release our fretting brain. Settle our aching heart.
For some, meditation is sitting, walking, or cooking. For me - and maybe for a lot of us GUT folks - it’s drawing. And it’s when I need it the most that I don’t make time to do it. So this week I’m giving us a small daily drawing assignment. A week of regular practice and quiet reflection. Like a little poem to bring us back to the ground.