Painted into a Corner

So, the human race has painted itself into a corner.


So we have

so we have

so we have.


Problems so many, now

Of such a daunting number, size & complexity

It’s too late now (far too late)

For us to “solve” them

(Actually, the problems we’ve created will “solve” us!)


We paint ourselves into corners too, though, as individuals, don’t we?


I think sometimes we can paint our way out, if we try


We can

  • change our mind
  • change our attitude … our perspective
  • say we’re sorry
  • show compassion
  • atone for past behaviour
  • behave differently … even if an apology is more than we’re able to offer
  • begin to follow a new path


It may even turn out to be easier than we think!

The first step is liable to be the trickiest

But the ones after that, easier & easier


(after all, it’s true that we “make the road by walking



Full disclosure?

I paint myself into corners too.



Well, I


  • wait for the paint to dry, then exit when it’s not so sticky anymore
  • knock down a wall
  • or crawl out a window
  • back up, back out, figure out a new dance step … one way or another
  • take a day off. Rest. Recuperate. Gotta do this sometimes…


Getting a little help from our friends never hurts!

Having a good conversation with someone can work wonders! 🙂

Taking a long walk can work miracles.


Being alone, stuck in a corner, is just no damn fun!


‘Quote of the day’ with this post:

“Rick wants a great big crowbar to crack him open so he can take whatever creature is sitting inside him and shake it clean like a rug, then rinse it in a cold, clear lake, and then put it under the sun to heal and dry and grow and come to consciousness again with a clear and quiet mind.” – from the Douglas Copeland novel Player One: What is to Become of Us

Bonus quote: “It is good to realize that falling apart is not such a bad thing. Indeed, it is as essential to evolutionary and psychological transformation as the cracking of outgrown shells.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self  Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal

* Great recent Macy interview here!