Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
What does your “art” tell about what you value?
While earning my English degree at Liberty University, I was taught in my “World History of Art” class that artists honor what they value through the subject matter of their work: If a caveman etched an outline of himself clubbing a stegosaurus to death, it meant that he prided himself in his abilities to provide dinner for his village.
This “art equals value” concept can apply to many different areas in our lives; even without it officially being art. One of the most obvious examples is my desk at work. I keep things pretty tidy; not a whole lot of decoration. But the little bit of flare I do have points to the same central theme: my wife and son.
My computer’s screen saver is a picture of my wife holding Jack, as is the background on my cell phone. My coffee mug is one that my wife customized for me on Shutterfly, featuring Jack. Sitting on my desk is a small framed family portrait. Hanging on my “food shelf” is a paper-clipped wallet size of Jack when he was just a week old. On my other shelf is a framed “Happy 30th Birthday, Daddy!” certificate made with Jack’s inked hands.
So in essence, everyday is “Take Your Kid to Work Day.” No matter which direction I am looking while at my desk, I see my son. And of course my wife as well. Because obviously, they are what I value the most; always on my mind and in my heart.
The three of us are sort of like our own trinity; all separate entities yet paradoxically one in the same. I will always be a part of my son and he will always be a part of me; you can’t get the son without getting the father and you can’t get the father without getting the son.
The same goes with my wife; neither Jack nor I are complete without her. We are one intertwined family unit.
Even when I am physically away from Jack and Jill during the day, it doesn’t change the closeness we share. And I guard that closeness with all my time, all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, and all my mind.
So that neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, not even Facebook nor cell phones ringing during dinner time, may separate us from the love we share. Our family bond goes beyond a marriage covenant and shared bloodline. It’s literally out of this world.