When the tragedies of the world are overwhelming, I turn to my sketchbook. Looking at the sketches and landscapes I have done nourishes me.
When I sketch from life, I see things as they are, not as symbols and icons. My mind lets go of worries, and the beauty in front of me becomes my world, enters my soul. When I put my brush down, I can face the world of man with more strength, more calm.
My friends say I am easier to live with when I am painting regularly!
Here is another resource for getting to calm, from Sharon Roemmel. Thank you, Sharon for this post!