The veil of ignorance can prevent us from knowing who we are. But we owe it to ourselves to explore our potential and seize our power. Though introspection can be difficult, it’s necessary. This is not simply a call to action for reflecting on our errors. Of course we must recognize our mistakes and grow, but we must monitor our negative self-talk, too. We must reflect on our strengths and our ability to solve problems. It is not productive to blame ourselves for things that are not our fault. It also isn’t productive to harp on past mistakes when we’ve apologized, rectified the situation, and learned to do better. I created “A Burst of Butterflies” to inspire viewers to consider the beauty of possibility. Sometimes darkness is all we can see, but that doesn’t mean it is the only thing that lies ahead. We can achieve change if we are willing to use our imaginations and do the work.
Author: Christine Stoddard
Author Bio: Christine Stoddard is an artist whose work has appeared in special programs at the New York Transit Museum, the Queens Museum, the Poe Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, FiveMyles Gallery and beyond. She also is the author of “Water for the Cactus Woman” (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing), among other titles, and the founder of Quail Bell Magazine. In the summer of 2018, Stoddard will be a visiting artist at Laberinto Projects in El Salvador and the Woodstock Art Museum in Woodstock, New York.
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