freedom and restraint

Tension between polar opposites is a very good thing.

It tends to keep things right where they —


Take hot and cold, for example. 

Cold gets the edge and you throw on another layer — move closer to the fire.

Ahhh — now that’s “just right.”

But — not for long.

Hot gets the upper hand, your temperature rises — and before you know it —

You’re naked.

For a cup of coffee — or longer —


But not forever.

Cause “just right” is a movin’ target.  And life is about havin’ fun chasin’ it.

Put it on.  Take it off.

Turn it up.  Turn it down.

Tighten.  Loosen.  Open.  Shut.

Fast.  Slow.  In.  Out.  Yes.  No. 

Gotta admit —

we’re nothin’ without the back and forth.

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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