03 May Our Part
Doing Our Part
First and foremost a shout out to all those committed to keeping society open from truck drivers to grocery store workers, first responders and of course hospital staffs and the scientists looking to tame the beast. All heroes in my book, all working with purpose.
To anyone reading this, by now you are settled into the reality of living through a pandemic. Bet you thought it was just going to be a few weeks! It’s the stuff of science fiction, an invisible enemy, nothing to make light of. But perhaps that is exactly what we need to do. Look to the light, find the silver linings, show gratitude in the small things and use this time to connect with others we care about.
The PinchPals are created in an art studio where I can romp around and be up to my elbows everyday all day in any number of creative pursuits. I recognize how incredibly lucky I am and grateful every single day for where I live and where I work. My experience of living in a pandemic has limited my movement and squeezed my finances, but these realities have forced me to be resourceful and focused. My heart aches for those all around the world who are deeply impacted with limited options for financial recovery, creative outlets or meaningful human contact.
Purpose vs Passion
I find the word “Passion” to be vastly overused. Passion is defined as an urge, a desire. But purpose, now that is a lot harder to pinpoint. I am convinced if you can figure out what drives you then your purpose moves front and center. Passion follows and drives purpose, not the other way around.
The PinchPals are purpose driven. Since they were first created some 40 years ago they have existed as a reminder that at our core we are all the same, (see Blog post “Why?” for that story). And, we all want to have others in our lives that “have our back”, no man is an island. PinchPals serve as a way to connect with others, a way to let someone know “you’ve got their back.” They physically represent all of us humans, head, torso, two arms and legs, and at some point in time living with a bit of a belly.
I have always believed the PinchPals would find their time and place, but a pandemic, never in my wildest dreams! No one can escape the fact we are all equally vulnerable, this invisible enemy does not care what color you are, where you live, who you vote for or how much money you have. We all want this nightmare to end, to go back to work, enjoy our friends and family and yet we cannot, not today.
The action we can all take is to follow the recommendations of health care professionals: wash our hands, wear masks and stay home as much as we can. This allows essential workers to better do their jobs. Following health care and science based recommendations is the most prudent way to keep our communities safe and get us all closer…to getting closer!
The latest PinchPals artwork and videos are expressions of connection and gratitude. A simple reminder that we are all, at our core, the same.
PinchPals are all of us! Connect. Let someone know you’ve got their back.