21. Ideas

One of the season’s hottest Christmas gifts will again be the Apple iPod (www.apple.com). I’m sure you’ve seen the television commercial of an iPod music listener casually walking down a city street as his shadow reveals something different – the “dancing spirit” within. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel like you’re holding on to this huge wellspring of emotional energy that wants desperately to reveal itself?


Expression is an important part of any artist’s life. It is the means by which the fountainhead of emotion emanates power. Expression is also the heartbeat of beauty, and we, the seekers of beauty, are its beneficiaries. The artist’s creation invites us to join his thought and to then find pleasure in related ideas.


There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran;-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.


— Excerpt from the poem “House by the Side of the Road” by Sam Walter Foss


This poem brings to mind thoughts of friendship and community. It further awakens in me images of the small middle-Georgia town that my Grandmother called home. The poem offers four different pictures of man in order to develop the contrast that’s so important to the main idea and the personality called the “friend to man.”  Reading this poem, I think, “Yea, I know this person; he or she is the type who is gentle and kind, honest and humble.


Beauty rarely calls attention to herself, but rather waits patiently, sometimes even hiding in the shadows and corners of life. I love to recognize things of beauty that I believe are unusual and important – things that don’t stand in the light of day or call out to be seen. I further believe that each of us has the capacity to draw from beauty a certain energy that awakens the feelings of assurance and understanding.


Day 22 Guide


This Christmas pay close attention to the subtle wonders of love and friendship. Think of a touch, a smile, or a hug.


© 2005, Levi Hill

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