Wednesday, May 06, 2015

We are not good OR bad...




We are good AND bad…

Did I blog about this already? Because if I did, I apologize. I am not getting old OR forgetful, I am getting old AND forgetful. 

So if you get a feeling of de ja vu when you read this, that is why. I was introduced to this concept of duality by an artist I've admired for a long time, and it really resonated with me. It has, in fact, stuck with me enough that I want to write about it, possibly for the second time.

In her case, I vaguely recall that she was lamenting to her therapist that she was not good… at several things…she was a bad mother, etc. Sidebar: this artist is ridiculously good at everything, and I mean everything: art, motherhood, business, writing, fencing, boxing, violin, sewing..the list is truly endless (I swear, I am not making any of these up – she does them ALL, very well) -- so after this revelation, I stopped listening for awhile to what she had to say, because being excellent at everything (she is also incredibly disciplined and really works hard at all of these things, by the way) but being awesome at everything and still thinking you’re bad is just annoying.

But back to the subject…
We are not good OR bad. We are good AND bad. What I love about this, is the reminder that both goodness and badness can co-exist within us. Being bad (sometimes), does not negate the good we have done. We are always learning and hopefully growing from our experiences, and hopefully, at the end of it all, if our deeds are sorted into good AND bad, the good list is a lot longer. 

Now where did I leave my pitchfork?


5 comments:

Createology said...

Is that your pitchfork leaning against your beautiful wings and halo? Yes, we are all Good and Bad and hopefully at different times and instances. I, for one, try to offset my episodes just like I do overeating sweets...I merely eat a salad or some veggies to counteract the sweets. Blessings Dear...

fran pascazio said...
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fran pascazio said...

I found your pitchfork Kerri but I'm not telling you where it was! I'll return it as soon as I'm finished with it; I need it for a few things. Let's face it, we cannot be GOOD all the time and as long as we're not BAD all the time, it should all work out in the end! I HOPE! By the way, when I return your pitchfork may I borrow your halo? xo

PS: it was I who had the deleted comment, I had a typo and I didn't want you giving me a bad mark on spelling or grammar….there's are probably still several errors as it is!!!

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Peggy Beck said...

Missing you and thought I'd get in touch via your blog. Had to see if you were posting. Happy to see you are even if it is spuratic. I am thinking about getting back to mine with a different focus but who knows what that focus will be or if I actually will. Time will tell.

Yes, good and bad. Love Fran's comment. You are both such a hoot! Love what you have been up to, good or bad...

Love
Peggy