Monday, September 7, 2009

the fruits of our labor

“It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” -Leo Buscaglia This weekend we were in New York City...one of my favorite places to be...and we saw this man putting hands-full of sand on the sidewalk to create this lovely mandala. When we walked by, it was late in the afternoon, and he had been working since early morning to create something beautiful for those passing by...he was just putting it out there...his art...his labor...his vision...for free...

As I became more aware, I saw it everywhere...expressions all over the city...art...whether it be a window...
a gorgeous arrangement of food...flowers planted inside abandoned train tracks...or two acquaintances playing chess in the park...everyone was just putting it out there...these subtle expressions of being. It would be so easy to say, "So what...it's not really that great. What difference does it make?" I used to think this way...that in order to have purpose things had to be extraordinary...in the shadows of greatness, what purpose do any of these things have?
Yet lately, I am seeing it differently. Perhaps it is all these expressions, these free acts of giving that create life's purpose...and as they all come together in symphony, we may catch a glimpse of heaven...

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