Wisdom in post-quarantine times!

“Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”
(Proverbs 3:15)

God appeared to Solomon and gave him the opportunity to ask for anything he desired. What did Solomon desire more than anything else?


He chose wisdom over gold, oil, a NYTimes Bestseller, women, power, popularity, or long life. Why? Because wisdom is supreme. God was pleased with his request too so he granted it to him. It’s great to be intellectual or book smart, but it’s much more valuable to have wisdom AND apply it appropriately.

I’m reading ‘The Shape of Living’ by David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. It’s a simple and rich read, providing spiritual directions for everyday life, especially when overwhelmed.

Living through this pandemic is overwhelming. During quarantine a lot of people were overwhelmed with their hair. A solution, and a funny one, was to just hack it off because no-one you knew was going to see it. I cut my fringe, crookedly. It costs 50 Euro for a good haircut in Dublin!!! Perhaps growing it out is wise stewardship.

In a season full of loss; movement, community, hope, job, finances, beauty appointments, freedom there is wisdom and strength in deliberately focusing on our gains.

What have you gained in these past few months?

There are two kinds of wisdom. What are they?

“Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let him show it by his good life,
by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
(James 3:13)

“Untitled” on International Women’s Day

” The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”
Piet Mondrian

The starting point of the “Untitled” which is comprised of 440 pairs of women’s shoes, is the increasing number of women murders in Turkey. 440 pairs of shoes, arranged in a regular grid on two walls, rises up as a femicide memorial, while pointing out to the number of murdered women by men in 2018 in Turkey; in different ways and for different motives.

Pointing a finger to the tradition of leaving the shoes of the deceased in front of the door of their houses, this work carries the memory of violence against women to the street; and it acts as a mediator for public debate and awareness.

shoes juxtaposition

Focusing in his practice on the power, reckoning with power and taking positions according to it, Tuna looks at the basics of violence, especially in this geography, in a world where, today, one in three women is the victim of physical or sexual violence.

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