Studio Update 22

By: Gabriela Yareliz

It’s the 100th day of quarantine. Kidding. But that is what it feels like. I am ready for the weekend.

Today was a stormy day. It matched the whole Thursday before Good Friday vibe. Thunder. Black clouds. Rain. Hail.

I finally sat down and read for a bit. I spent like an hour doing facial manipulation and learning face massage techniques from La Semaine Live.

On my mind was this idea of the philosophy of minimalism. In times of crisis, this philosophy takes hold and gains more traction. We are all cleaning our closets and trying to find what sparks joy. (When in reality, Marie Kondo just wants us to buy her branded drawer dividers. Ironic.) I was thinking about how we can move around external things and chuck what doesn’t spark joy, but how this resolves nothing on the inside. You can still be a materialistic minimalist. Throwing out what doesn’t spark joy doesn’t mean joy remains.

I have been thinking about what it means these days to really return to the essentials, and that to me means seeking God and His righteousness and nothing else. He promises to add what we need to this search. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

It’s about searching for Him so passionately that we end up realizing that He is all we need. Nothing needs to be added.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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