From Spain to Finland
My parents were here for almost a month. It has been a wonderful time for the whole family. Thor has learnt so much Spanish and he has felt the infinite love of two grandparents that live so far away and get to see him just once or twice a year.
For Mercedes and Placido (that’s their names) coming here was a liberation. After a 24 hours trip, they arrived in Korpo, they took a Sauna in order to be as clean as possible and disinfected all their luggage with alcohol. As my sister has asthma, they have learned to be very careful about Corona, and even when the first two weeks we remained almost isolated, for them being in Korpo meant no masks, no lockdown, a huge garden, the whole country and the forest to play and go with Thor here and there. For him, it was like a holiday, with no kindergarten and with two people giving him full attention and love all day long. It was wonderful to see.
One month of (almost) total disconnection.
This month I took quite a distance from social networks and from many side-projects. I wanted to dedicate all my spare time to my parents, and as much and I loved and enjoyed that time, I can’t stop wondering what a month can be for a person in Reham’s situation, with no mother and the rest of the family far away in another country. I know that every single second her mind dreams about escaping the war and joining them wherever they are in Turkey.
I have been having some communication with her in these four weeks, not as often as earlier, but I can feel that things are not going well for her. Her despair grows and her dreams of living far away from war are vanishing. Every day that goes on, her dreams become weaker and weaker, and I can feel it in my communication with her.
All this makes me think about the dimension of time. I remember that when I was a child and I was having fun with my friends, the time went by with the speed of a rocket, but when I was bored (as many times happened in school) I could feel the beat of the clock in my head. On a different scale, that keeps happening nowadays as this month with my parents went by in the blink of an eye, and I can’t stop thinking how this four weeks of joy for us can mean for a person that is immersed in the most boring waiting imaginable. Minutes must be months, and months must feel like years.
I have been helping Reham for two years now and I have become quite realistic when thinking about the amount of time needed to collect the money she needs. My objective is to be ready to collect 1.500€ latest by the end of the year. That means 4 months from now. I don’t know if Reham will make it that far but I will try my best, that’s all I can do. Every time she answers one of my messages is like a victory, she is still alive. Mentally I am ready to the idea that one day I might receive no answer-back.
You can do something to help her. You can purchase one of my works and bring the healing energy of my images to the favourite place in your home. Or if in the following weeks you have a birthday or some other special celebration, you could think about giving that person a beautiful artwork as a present. Two of my works were given as a present to two youngsters that celebrating their school graduation, I can’t believe of a better destination for my works! Or what about purchasing an early Christmas present for your beloved ones? Imagine the joy of the person receiving the artwork knowing that the money of the purchase helped another person in a very difficult situation.
That’s what I call “cultivating hope”. We live in a lucky part of the world. We have money to invest in cars, televisions and so on. And that’s ok, but what would happen if we were about to invest part of those expenses in helping another person? That would not only change the fate of that single person and her family, but also the personal feeling that we can do more for other human beings. I believe that every person that behaves like a good human is my brother or sister, and I have millions of them around the world. I would like to see humanity rising as a brother/sisterhood and this is my grain of sand for that dream.
If you don’t really connect with the works that are in the webpage, you can always contact me to see if I have something different that could fit better your wishes, I am sure we can find something together. Buy my art and become a white spot in the darkness. Love!
A little present
And to Finnish this post, I wanted to give all of you a small present that I found his week. Is an episode of the fantastic podcast Insights at the edge, in which Kelly McGonigal speaks about Cultivating Positive Change. Enjoy that wonderful conversation. Until the next time, yours.