Tag Archives: Meaning

simple pleasures

18 Sep

sunshine after rain

long breakfasts

a book that makes you laugh out loud

a song that gives you shivers

smiles from strangers

art that you would not have imagined

a hug from a friend

waking up to a new day

smells that remind you of childhood

the wind in your hair

the way the world looks in the light after a storm

dangling your toes in water on a summers day

the first flower to bloom before spring

getting your hands dirty

memories that make you smile

feeling loved

sharing a good meal

the sound of the ocean

learning something new and discovering your good at it

birdsong

freshly picked herbs

music that moves you

To the age it’s Art. To the art it’s Freedom.

31 Aug

I saw a wonderful quote on the wall of the National Gallery (for the Klimt exhibit) “To the Age its Art. To Art its Freedom”

What a perfect concept of the necessity and meaning of art in life.  Every age must have art, it is part of our identity and the growth of humanity.  We evolve and explore and express ourselves through our creativity.  Even if you do not create, the awareness of creation around you adds to the fullness of the world.  The capacity for and appreciation of creativity gives meaning and purpose to life.

‘To Art it is Freedom’ and we should always allow freedom in art.  Placing restrictions on art is like placing restrictions on science.  If we accepted this censure we would be without Picasso or the Impressionists (and definitely without the Secessionists who inspired this quote!) and we would also be without penicillin and x-rays!

Art (and science for curiosities sake) are an indication of our freedom, they show us that we have the capacity for thought and wonder.  Our freedom and our curiosity allow us to discover more than the universe by her nature would reveal.

So, take an extra few moments to appreciate the art around you every day.  The random sculpture in the park, the poetic phrase in an article, the lyrical chord in a song, the painting hanging on the wall of a waiting room – anything you can find and appreciate, anywhere you can get it.  Art is our expression of life, the proof of our culture and when you notice it in your every day you will feel yourself bigger and lighter and more alive.

Every age has its art. And art recognises in itself our freedom.

          

no regrets

15 Aug

No regrets.

Some days you remember that it is the little things in life that make a difference, be that good or bad is entirely up to you.  Life is just too short, and it always finds its way.  So you can choose how you live it.  You choose how you respond to all the little stories that sweep you up from time to time.  And you choose what life means to you.

So, many years ago, I decided that I had cracked the meaning of life, and that I could sum it up in two words: To Learn.

Sounds simple, right?  And, in fact, in every existential pub conversation I have had about the meaning of life, those two little words always seem to win.

Someone will say: “The meaning of life is to be happy”  to which I can say “You learn to be happy”.  Someone else will say: “The meaning of life is to love” to which I can say “You learn to love”.  Someone else might say: “The meaning of life is to contribute and make the world a better place” and, you guessed it, I can say “You learn how to contribute.”

Every day you learn and hopefully you grow.  You become wiser and fuller.  There are a handful of people who refuse to learn, and life just keeps them going around and around reliving the same lesson until (hopefully) one day it clicks.  So, unless you learn and move forward you stay on repeat.  To truly live you must learn and advance.

This works for me, but as nice as it is to sum up the meaning of life, it is not all there is.  What about when life is over?  Is learning in life really going to seem satisfying in the end..

Whenever it is over I want no regrets.  I don’t want a single undone moment to lament.  I hope to have said and done and tried everything I want to do.

These can be the little moments on any given day.  Saying goodbye when you leave for work, appreciating the flaming colours of the sunset, telling the people you love that you do love them.  It can also be big things.  Adventures and challenges, or trying something new you have never tried before.

So, this is a reminder.  Live life to its fullest every day that you have.  Learn in life wherever you can.  And live with integrity and passion so there will be no regrets, and only valued memories.

I will try to remember this every day, and try, try again.