When It Matters We Find A Way

Sothy Than and his son Coca

Covid has been particularly hard on Cambodia and many of my friends lost their small businesses or jobs and have no income. Medical care, housing, and even food is scarce.

One friend was in dire need of his medication but had no money to buy more. He is a young man who returned to his parent’s rural village when the economy collapsed. I thought it would be simple to send him enough money for the meds through my Cambodian bank app. I was very wrong.

Where there’s a will there’s a way is a proverb that means if someone is determined to do something, he will find a way to accomplish it regardless of obstacles. The sentiment of this phrase was first published in 1640, in the work Jacula Prudentusm written by George Herbert: “To him that will, ways are not wanting.” By the 1820s the phrase had been altered to where there’s a will there’s a way. 

The bank refused to give me access to my account since I had not used it for 90 days and required that I come to a bank branch in person. This was impossible since I was on another continent so I tried every which way to get it to him. It took 4 days and the involvement of 4 people from 3 different countries. We were all in different time zones, too. We managed to get the medicine to him by going through a labyrinth of sidesteps and hours of our time (I will spare you the ridiculous obstacles). Finally, our mutual friend Sothy Than picked up the money from an app service, purchased the medicine, and made sure it was delivered. We breathed again.

Seeing how we have adapted to the pandemic restrictions is proof of how innovative and resilient we are. None of us could have predicted how difficult life would be before the pandemic descended upon the world.

Perhaps none of us could have predicted the surprising ability for us to acclimate in service of the collective good.

This is also why I have created art and this website.

Jinx Davis is an actress, artist, and entrepreneur. During the Covid pandemic, she created hundreds of paintings that she turned into printable art to help support the Living Arts Corporation.

Finding Joy in the Effort

When I was born my parents were in a State Supreme Court battle over the right to run a preschool that their neighbors felt was too radical. It was shortly after WWII and the good folks from the US Midwest just wanted life to go back to its quiet complacency. The school was integrated by race, war survivors, disabilities, and social status. Although the student’s parents were enthusiastic advocates for their bold new teaching techniques acquired by postwar artists and intellectuals, the stress of the legal battle was overwhelming for my parents.

I was injured during birth and born partially paralyzed. Despite their rugged schedules, my parents exercised my muscles every hour day and night. As I grew older, I was encouraged to take physical risks and push my limits. The effort was enormous for everyone. Opting out of swimming, climbing, playing, and working was not an option. My growth and potential were not to be limited. Safer options were unspeakable. I overcame my disability.

As a result, no matter what project I embarked on I found joy. It is tempting to lower the bar so we can be certain of a successful outcome. During COVID I painted and created images every day. Then I spent countless hours digitizing them and creating an e-commerce website in the hopes of helping those I know who are struggling with severe survival challenges. I have no idea if the site will be successful or if I will find the means to market it and keep creating. In essence, perhaps it does not matter.

Choose to find joy in the effort of exceeding low expectations. This is what makes life sweet for each of us.

Jinx Davis is an actress, artist, and entrepreneur. During the Covid pandemic, she created hundreds of paintings that she turned into printable art to help support the Living Arts Corporation.

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