Okay, so I’ve been working my arse off and haven’t been writing in ages. What I have been doing however (when I finally collapse at the end of the day) is reading. And the book that has brought me the most joy these days is a book called Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory.
This book is a visual journal filled with drawings, stories, and bits of wisdom tucked into unlikely places. I love that the drawings aren’t “perfect” in any traditional way and his stories are incredibly personal and real. Danny is not afraid to tell the truth about things and he does so in a simple and beautiful way.
The story of his family will move you (and his insights that follow) but what brought me to tears at several moments in the book were Danny’s descriptions of why he draws, and how drawing saved his life.
They are so many ways to access the present, to capture the moment, and really stop and see what is around you. But being a visual person, I am attracted to drawing as a way to do this elusive thing… As a way to pray or to “count your blessings” as Danny says. He reminded me of why drawing is a meditation, why it is a spiritual act, and why art makes life richer.
You can see excerpts of his book on his web site. I think you will love it.