Why am I doing it? Quite simply because someone asked me to. It is also an opportunity for me to see myself! This mural is an expression of me - an aspect of me I suppose - and it is fun to think of it out there in the world, being seen, maybe bringing a smile, long after I have scurried home.
This is how I want to truly be... I want to bring a kind of peaceful gentleness and kindness out into the world. I have a message - I have a voice. But so often I don't know how to express it, because I don't know what to do, and the world is so scary!
Aristotle says 'Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling' and I have often considered these words. Should we look at the world through our personal filters, to see what we consider these needs are, and then see where we can be of service? Or should we simply do what we do to the best of our ability, and leave the rest up to the care of the Universe? How do we know if what we do makes a difference anyway... and should we even look for the validation?
When I had my weekly column, I loved hearing from people. It was all so anonomous back then - I never met the folks that took the time to write to me. But I cherished their words anyway, because so often they were writing to tell me how my words had comforted them - helped them - and brought them some peace of mind, and sometimes a chuckle or two. I felt I was making a difference, and that made me feel worthwhile. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says 'It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself'.
Is that what we all really want? To make a difference - to help people, to raise them up? If what Emerson says is true, then surely it is for us to look to the happiness of others, and in their joy find our own.