It struck me, as I made plans to visit the Norton Simon Museum yesterday, that perhaps it wasn't appropriate to enjoy leisure activities while the world seems to be headed towards that promised apocalypse of 2012. But then I came across the following quote by Stella Adler, who was an actress/acting instructor:
"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
Adler's quote made me realize that life's tragedies do indeed weigh down one's soul, and art (or whatever else we find inspirational) is a reminder that we are still very much alive. And the reminder we are still living empowers us to confront the tragedies of life.
I was lost in the artwork yesterday at the Norton Simon. The works reminded me there is beauty and hope in life.