Under a Prairie Sky

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This evening, driving the long, lonely Trans Canada highway, a light show danced overhead. I pulled over to watch the northern lights brighten the horizon.

Usually, though we miss these displays. Eyes glued to screens, roads, or our own anxieties, we miss the things going on all around us, or just overhead.

In The Shape of Design, Frank Chimero talks about the artist who moves in towards the canvas to paint some detail, then takes a step back to see how the work as a whole is developing. In the same way, we must remember occasionally to step back and reflect on how preoccupations fit into the whole.

Indeed, the space we occupy and the stories we’re living are much greater than ourselves.