“To me, art is about arranging certain stuff, in a certain order, in a certain place, with a certain end in mind.” ~ Walter Hamady
Years ago, while walking along the beach on Sanibel Island, I came across this beach garden. While other families were making sand castles, one family had gathered beach debris and transformed it into their own unique expression of beach art.
We can all do that with the stuff of our lives – arrange it in a certain way to give it order and meaning and beauty – and make art.
Let’s aim to look at things this way. How might I transform this? That? Make beauty? Make art? Make a difference? We are all meant to create.
“We can find common ground only by moving to higher ground.” ~ Jim Wallis
Recently, I’ve been posting the message “Let’s find COMMON GROUND. MIDDLE GROUND. HOLY GROUND. HIGHER GROUND” on various photos of feet: toddler feet, bare feet, booted feet.
I had thought the natural progression from divisiveness to unity was from common ground, to middle ground, to a potent place where miracles can happen as we bring our minds and hearts to higher ground.
However, after coming upon this Jim Wallis quote and considering it, I realize that the very intention, the sincere aiming, to find common ground is done on higher ground. It starts there.
Whether it’s a relationship renewal between two people or building unity among many…it begins when we have stepped up.
Once there, we move about seeking common ground and middle ground. It’s like a dance. We may at first step on each other’s toes. But if we stick it out, we’ll gain some grace and reach higher ground together.
Higher ground is always near, nearer than we think. We can reach it anytime. We just have to choose to take the step up. That often takes putting ego aside. But it is so beautiful to dance, walk, talk, work, live – be – in peace and harmony with one another. It’s wise and healthy too.
Consider this image of us woven into one lace-like fabric.
The fabric that we are “consists of holes, but also of threads that tie us together, said Kayla Severson. “The more we embrace our fragility and shared sufferings, the more boundaries we overcome, until the light can’t help but pour on in.”
Let’s recognize our common threads, embrace our shared sufferings, and acknowledge how basic human needs are woven within us.
Surely you’ve noticed at one time or another what happens when you are kind to a stranger.
I’ve noticed that feelings of connection happen whenever I treat a so-called “stranger” with respect, interest, and caring. I feel uplifted and the other person looks lifted. We smile at each other. Occasionally we hug. Sometimes we tear.
Can you imagine what would happen if millions of us acted kindly toward all the people with whom we share life on earth now?
Amazing changes would come about. Light and love will pour in.