One of our favorite prompts is captured in the three words we chose to title this page … And What Else… There is almost always something else, and yet so often we move on before we give it voice. It is our intention to offer this space for reflection, and invite your voice to inspire others to consider ‘what else’. Perspectives provide pause and invite our growth as individuals and as community. We hope you will drop in as often as you wish, to join this and other conversations and share with us your what else.
Since March, when the world pushed the pause button, we imagine that many of you found your relationship to time changing. Perhaps, like us, you came to feel in that time, inspired to reflect…re-direct and reconnect. We are curious how the shifts that you made to adjust became gifts that you have come to deeply value. Close friends of ours were commenting, how this time we were given seems to have inspired newly embraced simplicity for so many. Our most natural human resources of imagination and creativity have come out to play in ways that, had we not been slowed down, might not have been as pronounced. As another said, “our hands have gotten busy” as have our heads and hearts. For certain, in the absence of access to performance and gallery venues, art and artists have been in process…and look out world when the curtains go up again…And yet those who do not necessarily identify as artists, have also been at their most naturally creative.
In the memory of these past 5 months, we, like so many others, huddled together at home in conversations that had time to drive deeply into who we be. Somewhere within this time, we were inspired by a short film that our son, Braydon created as a part of The Citadel Theatre’s Stuck-In-The-House series, he titled The Time We Were Given Time. For us, it resonated as a gentle meditation on the reality of our times. So powerfully moved, Greg found himself responding a few days later through poetry.
In the spirit of …And What Else… we invite you to join in the conversation. We offer you these two pieces in the hope that you will share your own responses to how this time we have all been given has shifted and shaped you and your community. Both were created almost two months ago now. Whether you are viewing Braydon’s video again or for the first time and as you read the poem, we invite you to share your own perspectives from this moment.
You may do so as simply as adding a COMMENT below.
If you would like to offer more than a comment… writing, images, music, video, questions… we encourage you to visit our Facebook page, where we welcome you to respond or upload.
We look forward to the creative engagement and inspiration that your participation will offer. Feel free to engage with the ideas that emerge once or many times and extend the circle by sharing this post to your own communities.
Tami and Greg
The Time We Were Given Time
We respectfully acknowledge the Coast Salish People on whose traditional unceded territory we live, work and play and the Snaw-Na-Was and Qualicum people whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We honour the long history of the Indigenous peoples of this land reaching beyond colonization. We are grateful for the opportunity to share, listen, learn and create on this territory.