The purpose of Art

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.”

—Pablo Picasso, 20th Century Spanish Painter

Image of a dusty ceiling fan

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Some weeks ago, a close friend came over to help me repair a ceiling fan. Given my limited handiness and my desire to not electrocute myself, I reached out for some coaching on the matter.

Beyond the repair, I was a bit embarrassed by the amount of dust that had accumulated on the blades and bulbs.

Unless cleaning your house from top to bottom brings you joy and you do it often, dust is bound to accumulate. In the same way, if we neglect our inner world, our souls can get a bit dusty as well.

Although most of us would not see ourselves as a Picasso, we all have an artist within us that can help wash off the dust of daily life.

One of my favorite art forms is cooking. Various foods and seasonings represent the spectrum of flavors for each meal.

EXERCISE:

Please reply to this post with your own form of artistic expression that helps you dust off your soul to lead a more beautiful life.

You are the Universe

“You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while.”

—Eckart Tolle, American Motivational Author

Image of a nebula

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I’ve had an insatiable desire to learn and discover how things work for as  long as I can remember. It led me into the field of science education, and an ongoing exploration of life and the mysteries of the universe.

I recently watched an episode of How the Universe Works on the topic of Space/Time.

More than 100 years ago, Albert Einstein postulated the idea of gravitational waves caused by any object exerting the force of gravity, including we humans! His theory, which has been recently confirmed, shows how all objects influence both space and time in the universal dance of the cosmos.

EXERCISE:

How can you more carefully examine your own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual qualities as a miraculous human, to more fully realize how the universe within you works?

The Most Important Thing You Wear

“Your expression is the most important thing you wear.”

—Author Unknown

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Putting our best foot forward, making a good first impression, and the general way we present ourselves to the world couldn’t be more important these days.

We know that people are judging us all the time. What you are wearing, literally? And what physical expressions are people observing about you?

Examining your current attitudes, moods, emotions, and feelings may provide some clues to how open and receptive people may be to you. This almost always impacts the success of our personal and professional relationships.

I tend to be a very serious person. My wife Wendy frequently asks me if I’m OK. When I say, “Yes, I am,” she often coaches me by saying, “Inform your face!”

EXERCISE:

How and in what ways can you become more aware of the expressions you wear in public? How can you use your expressions to enhance the personal and professional success you desire? A genuine smile is a great place to start.