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“I think art comes from some sense of discomfort with the world, some sense of not quite fitting with it” —Yann Martel

Coping Art 5

Big picture
The art of coping
Capes and gulfs

You do learn how to cope from those who are coping —Matthew Desmond

Coping Art 8

Mate with processes
Hand in glove

It’s been proven that fitting more activity into your day can greatly improve your health —Pierre Dukan

Coping Art 10

Tabs and slots
Exposure, closure
Hold the thought

Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem —Virginia Satir

Coping Art 4

Open bays
Shape peninsulas
Rock the dock

You have to laugh through hard things, right? How else do you cope? —Carmen Cusack

Coping Art 1

An old saw
Grinds no teeth chewing

We can’t be as good as we’d want to, so the question then becomes, how do we cope with our own badness? —Nick Hornby

Coping Art 8

Strife’s interfaces
Graces life

The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible —Jack Nicklaus

Coping Art 3

Different strokes
Contiguous tropes
Passing boats

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs —Robin Williams

Coping Art 6

Drift the rifts
Meander canyons
Oceans part

Fitting in is a short-term strategy that gets you nowhere. Standing out is a long-term strategy that takes guts and produces results —Seth Godin

Coping Art 2

Embrace Pangea 
Coping art

Creativity is how we cope with creation. While creation sometimes seems a bit un-graspable, or even pointless, creativity is always meaningful —Vik Muniz

Coping Art wall

An old saw
Life is a puzzle
Coping solves

The cooperative, loving side of existence goes hand in hand with coping and power, but neither the one nor the other can be neglected if life is to be gratifying —Rollo May


14 Comments Post a comment
  1. It’s definitely so art can come from a sense of not fitting in the world. It can be therapeutic and a way of communicating things we can’t use our words for in a normal way.

    October 19, 2022
    • Yes, though fitting in creates comfort zones for joiners, discomfort serves the healing arts. Thank for you visit and comment, sir. Best wishes.

      October 19, 2022
  2. Yann is correct. Great work, E Sum/muS E

    October 19, 2022
    • Thank you, Geo. I thought Yann was a pan flute player, You reminded me to reread The Life of Pi.

      October 19, 2022
      • I had to look him up myself. To quote Woody “How wrong Emily Dickinson was! Hope is not “the thing with feathers.” The thing with feathers has turned out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich.”

        October 19, 2022
      • Lucky he knew a Swiss quill plucker. Most are in Tailand, I read in a Dr. Siri novel.

        October 20, 2022
  3. Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs

    That’s really funny!


    October 20, 2022
    • yes, and the rest of us have to cope with the lack of eccentricity in most people 🤣 thanks for the compilation, cog

      October 20, 2022
    • The truth is funny to humans who think it’s a joke. 🙂

      October 20, 2022
  4. I really liked Coping 9 and Nickalous quote. I sure try to stay out of trouble but it keeps finding me. (Or probably I keep finding it!)

    November 6, 2022

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