|Lettering by Shannon M. Wilson, 2016|
I don't know how other calligraphers choose their warmup words, but for me, when I sit down to practice, many times I just free-associate and see what comes. The quick brown fox isn't often seen jumping over the lazy dog's back, if you know what I mean. Oftentimes, I sense God's whispers in these moments and I wonder who is actually choosing the words on the pages before me.
The pre- and post-election mania has been something to behold, hasn't it? It has affected my appetite, my sleep, my sense of well-being. It has left me tongue-tied when speaking to my children. And when I take it too far (and arrogantly make predictions), it quickly moves me from a place of peace. In the midst of all this unrest, and all of this fear and uncertainty, it's easy to get pulled under with it. Until I get out my ink and the words that come are: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." -- Revelation 22:13. Try writing that fifty times slowly and your breath will return, and hope will fill you, and you will remember that this is not the end of the story.
[I wrote the above on a Borden & Riley marker layout pad with a Zig Brushables brush pen.]