Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Life as Art

Life has been your Art.
You have set yourself to Music,
Your days are your Sonnets.

-Oscar Wilde

What a beautiful reminder of how we create our lives every day. Consider all the ways we choose from what clothes to wear, what to eat, how to work and play, weaving together our daily lives.  Living an artful life sounds inspiring doesn't it?  But for those pragmatists out there can it really work? Yes indeed. It's all in the way you look at it.

Many of us tend to think that art has to be meaningful to be important or valid, that our simple choices and daily activities are not significant and thereby unimportant really in the larger scheme of things. But if you look at the totality of a persons life then it is all those small moments which together create the masterpiece! No action is unimportant, no choice less significant than another.

The photo I have chosen today is a piece by my son Brendan. He is living a creative life full of energy and promise whether it is at the Red Rock (www.redrockcoffee.org), writing and performing music, or creating Urban Art on a fish truck. Yes, I know, proud mom!  But also a sterling example of living the creative life which is possible for all of us. You need not be a professional artist to live an artful life.....

Question: How am I creating an artful life today?

photo Urban Art by Brendan McCarthy  San Francisco 

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