Cherish the Handwritten Moments

If I’m to speak of creativity, there can only be one topic for today, at this time when the world has changed so much, so quickly. It’s about the importance of creativity in a time of crisis. We make a thousand decisions daily that shape our world. However, when that world is falling down around us, it’s hard to make creativity a priority. When our lives are falling apart that’s exactly when creativity should be a priority.  

I’ve spoken before about what “art” is, and how, in its simplest form, it’s about making things. Let’s keep it simple. Let’s make something.

Make Something for Yourself
This is time for you. Time to sit still and be constructive. Time away from screens especially, to reflect and create. To calm the world.

“Cherish the Handwritten Moments” 2006 Multi-plate colour etching. Variable edition of 90. 6x3cm Printed by Christine at her studio in Lismore. Part of the “Other People’s Treasures” series of etchings.

Make Something for Someone Else
A cake, a meal, a present.
Even a small effort can make someone else’s life just a bit better, and if we’re thinking of another we are, for those few moments, not as deep in our own plight. 

An easy way to help someone isolated by distance, disaster or fear is to write them a letter.
Collect up some words and make them a story.
In your own hand. On real paper. In an envelope. With a stamp.
Everyone wins. The sender because they took a minute, the receiver because somebody showed they cared.

Handwriting is good for our brains. It’s low tech: just pen and paper, no electricity. It’s a slower, gentler, more personal way to communicate, harking back to less troublesome times.

It’s important to treasure these handwritten moments, and create more when we can. They seem few and far and between in this digital, shouty, suddenly uncertain world. 

It’s about being kind.
To others, and to ourselves. 

Try this at home

Your older relations
Your younger relations

Your neighbour
Someone you went to school with
Someone you haven’t seen for a while

A long letter
A short letter
A postcard
A cartoon

Proper notepaper
Blank greeting card
Printed greeting card
A postcard
A scrap of paper
A beer coaster
(yes, you can post weirdly shaped things, check with the Australia Post staff before you send)

Coloured pencil
Felt pen
A thumbnail dipped in tar (no, that won’t actually work)

Margin scribbles
Just words. (words are never “just” anything)


First Published

St Carthages Home Care “Life!” Winter 2020 


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