Dear Creative – Letter II

Dear Beloved Creative,

“Here said, is why I love you. Because we all share the same struggles…we all fight the good fight…we are all eternal children who make mistakes and just want to be loved.”

In my previous letter I expressed my desire to reference you as “Beloved” because you are. In this letter I would like to describe my deep and pure love for you, no matter who you are or who you believe you have become.

Undeniably, we are all connected through space and time. In everyday life we can see the ripple effects of our actions reach from one person to the next at differing rates of speed and strength of impact.

Let me give you an example of this ripple effect derived from a recent story I heard from someone close to me: If you decided to bring an arm chair to a church or to a donation center because you no longer needed it or cared to have it be a part of your belongings, you made the effort to load it in your car and drive it there. It may sit for months, let’s say. Then a person of the church or employee hears that there is a homeless veteran that just received an apartment as assistance, however he has no furniture. Then the effort is made to deliver the arm chair to the veteran by volunteers or employees of that church or donation center. This man, who has suffered, now has gratitude beyond imagination that he has a warm chair to sit in, likely for the remainder of his life, all because you made the extra effort to bring the chair to the church or donation center instead of leaving it on the curb for trash. This is a positive ripple.

As you can imagine, or have likely experienced, there is the opposite scenario where something thoughtless, careless, or selfish has been done. These events don’t evaporate into existence without effecting your fellow humans in the same way. I have, like many, been on the receiving end of both positive and negative actions, just like everyone else who has ever existed. I have also been the CAUSE of both positive and negative ripples, just like everyone else who has ever existed.

Here said, is why I love you. Because we all share the same struggles. Though they are of varying degrees, we all suffer, we all fight the good fight, we all lose battles, we are all seeking what we refer to as happiness.

To be frank, we are all eternal children who make mistakes and just want to be loved. Each and every child deserves and is born to be loved and to give love. One of the hardest and most important lesson to teach a child is how to be selfless, to be charitable. This continues to be a very difficult lesson for us as adults to embrace and live by. Endless reasoning can be done to avoid charity, to avoid truly loving each other. We can explore this reasoning together. We can look at each emotion, worry, and fear, and together find what our consciences are urging us to do. This is where and how we find our VOCATION.

What is our purpose? I can tell you that my purpose is to love God, and by virtue, love you and care for you. Side by side we make mistakes and cause pain, but reach out and grab my hand as I pull you up today. Tomorrow, I may need to reach up to you, and you can be there, for me, for another human you may not know in society, but you do know THEM. The THEM that is another eternal child just like yourself.

Today I’ll think of you and your struggles and have intention with my actions, that a positive ripple I create may reach you.

For Love of All,

Veron Ennis

Artist

Dear Creative

Dear Creative,

I want to say something more like, “Dear Beloved,” because you are. You are those with a drive to create. You get ideas, you admire other creations, you create. This is not an inspirational letter to help you TO create, it is a heavy weighted, divinely backed, encouragement to create responsibly.

Wow, that may sound a bit repulsive to all of us counter-culture creatives right? Creating comes with responsibility? But wait, I’m free! I can create what I want! If you are a free creative, an artist who decides what he will be creating, then you have your own responsibility of what it is you are going to put out into the world. Who holds you accountable? You do, Society does, and God does. Having a conscience is a gift not to be ignored. Holding yourself accountable for what you are creating starts with your conscience.

Ask yourself: What affect on the world, however minor or major, will this work have once I create it, now and in the future? Is your conscience telling you, “perhaps this will disturb someone who is in crisis, instead of help them,” or “this looks as though I admire destruction.” Ask, then, how can I send my message peacefully, with tact, with grace, with deliberation, with conviction, and in turn create a POSITIVE outcome.

There may not be a perfect piece of art that only creates a positive outcome with every person who encounters it, however, an honest attempt should be made each and every time a work of art is created and released into the world.

This can and will be debated. How do you express pain and suffering then, which is our truth as human beings? With great tact. VIRTUE is of the utmost importance in life. If you are creating miserable art, then you are likely miserable and communicating your truth. Side note: If you are creating misery with your work and you are not miserable, you are attacking society and should seek help.

Perpetual misery is a plague, and when we are miserable we want at our core to not be miserable, though the age old saying that says, “Misery loves company,” dictates that we want to stay miserable. This occurs because it takes on a life of it’s own as a victim, and a whole host of excuses why not to work or ask for help repeats themselves, and this emotional disease tries to ultimately destroy us as human beings.

That being said, one step at a time, seek what is light. That is what we as artists can provide to our family of humans. Light. Be a creator of light for the miserable. Those getting professional help, in programs, those practicing their faith, work towards giving to those in need. Charity. And the charity keeps them from misery. Your charity as an artist is to give light through your work.

This is the first letter I’ve written to you and so it is only a summarization of what we can discuss at length, any part of this artist theology. I look forward to exploring this with you and growing in virtue as we strive for our own artistic perfection.

With Love,

Veron Ennis