Monday, March 16 #covid19 #cornavirus #HIATUS

Hello All,

So that got out of hand quickly… There’s so much uncertainty now and anxiety levels are high. In light of this global crisis, I thought I’d share what I’m doing to maintain my peace of mind in the hopes that it could help you to any degree.  My plan is to continue to post SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE THEMES, and diligently work on my own work as the next few weeks go by to stay sharp.  I know that many of you will enjoy the next few days away from the grind, I also urge you all to remember the following:

1) Batch Process the News

Since I got back from GR,  I could not pull myself away from the firehose of information that was coming in through Social Media, Emails, and News Outlets. Its been the least productive days I’ve had in a long time. At the end of the day, my wife and I sat down with our kids to tell them that church and school have been canceled, and what to expect in the coming months as we adjust to life at home.

I realized that they got all the pertinent information they needed at one time, and had enjoyed their day instead of getting it in pieces, stressing over each one as new developments streamed in.

I decided that moving forward I’ll do a morning check, a mid-day check, and an evening check. Allowing me to focus on work, family, and other responsibilities in between while still staying informed.

2) Check-In on Neighbors, Friends, and Family

Now would be a good time to check in on those close to you. I spent a portion of my day yesterday texting/emailing neighbors and loved ones to see if they were taking care of themselves and if they needed any help. We are all in this together and while you should limit your exposure to others, if you are in a position to help someone in need, you should do what you can.

Even if there’s nothing you can do, or nothing they need, checking in on them sends a message that they are loved and worth being worried about. And that goes a long way.

3) Keep Creating

While it is difficult to focus on anything else right now, the world still needs, maybe more than ever, the pressure release valve that creativity offers. When you create, whether it be drawing, writing, singing, making, or crafting you’re focused on putting something into the world instead of absorbing what the world is putting out. You have zero control over what the world puts out, but when you make something you take ownership of that tiny part of the world. You make your place in the world by making a part of it.

Author and screenwriter Steven Pressfield says:

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being on it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

So yeah, it seems trite to share something like your Star Wars fan art in light of world events right now, but that might just be what someone needs to read at that time to take the edge off. And sometimes the person that needs it most, is you.

Like I stated earlier, I’m going to keep moving forward with the SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGES and sharing my drawings of robots, superheroes, and the occasional Batman. Because even if the world doesn’t need it, I need it.

That’s all for this week. I hope this helps a little bit. See you next week!

Mr. Pappas

Instagram: Jim_Pappas

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