NO! We Cannot

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers

connect us with our fellow men”. ~~Herman Melville

We are so connected. We have to remember that. If we tear apart one part of the fabric or scarf or tapestry that we are each a part of, it has endless repercussions. If instead, we hang strong and support each other—oh how beautiful it all becomes. So how do you picture our connections? A painting? Ah—then the colors and shades and shapes balance each other, don’t they? I like to think of one of my favorite Renoir paintings (because I loved how he painted, for instance out door )…

Le Moulin de la Galette c.1876 Art Print

Oh now, that is absolutely exquisite, isn’t it? Look how everything fits together! Look at the bit of shiny spots on the glassware over in the lower right had corner, for instance…or the shadows and sunshine…..that is how we all work together in this glorious conglomeration of friends. You may think that your little piece has little value. but if we were to stand in the museum and gaze at this painting we would see an endless array of precious essential bits to the painting.

So if we think of threads instead of paint—it is the same story with a different artistic medium. If we think of it as crocheting or knitting—the disaster that could happen if a piece is torn away becomes more obvious.  Take a look at this and see that if things are connected solidly, they can withstand difficulties… 

Yes, they absolutely can. But if some of those yarns got cut or weakened, there could be trouble. If folks don’t try to put the blanket back together the whole thing could come unraveled. You see, the same thing could happen to us. All we each need to do is help restore some of those tiny threads and yarns…When we take turns and listen gently — we have a blanket that works….and keeps us all warm.  and as Charles Schultz said through Linus—‘Happiness is a Warm Blanket’.  I thank you for all the ways you keep me and everyone else warm.


About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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14 Responses to NO! We Cannot

  1. fgassette says:

    “And if one orevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12


  2. Caddo Veil says:

    OH, kate–this is wonderfully affirming–I DO feel connected, thank you!

  3. Gwen says:

    As always, I am warmed by your optimism. Thank you.

  4. Nice piece! Something we perhaps take for granted, brought to the forefront of our attention, can be a great gift. Thanks!

  5. Really lovely Kate!

    “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success”.
    – Henry Ford


  6. Kathy says:

    That is one of my favorite Renoir paintings, too. Impressionist paintings remind me of Christian life.
    The Master has painted the canvas, everything is there to see, but the further we step back from the picture the stronger and clearer the image becomes just as the further we step back from letting “self” reign we become a stronger clearer image of Him.

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