Time and money — these are two things that most people feel they never have enough of.
Well, there’s not a lot most of us can do about making significantly more money — high taxes and fees on ordinary people and low wages for honest work are the hallmarks of a “free market” capitalistic economy.
Time, too, is something that the grasping mega-corporate culture can’t take enough of. We live under the constant pressure and propaganda to work harder, faster, smarter and constantly. Despite this, however, there are still 24 hours in each day, and while “they” fill our hours with incessant demands, they do not yet own every one of them.
(Incidentally, it’s worth looking at our free time and addressing how many thinking moments we give to work, mindless entertainment, social media, “news,” politics and other mental drains that produce little but worry, anxiety, insecurity, and discouragement.)
The artwork, Afternoon Tea, focuses on one of the most important things we can do with our time: we spend it — invest it, really — into the people we care about. And these people tend to be our family (one of the richest, most valuable resources humanity has), neighbors, and friends. As we see the value of these beautiful people and bask in their company, we grow in depth and wisdom. Soon, we find that have more love to give, and extend beyond our smaller circle to a larger one.
At the tea party, a little girl, a trusted adult, and pink teddy bear spend an afternoon “doing nothing” (when we think of it in corporate America terms). But when we think of it from the perspective of truth and reality, they are doing much indeed.
They are together. They are sharing not only watery tea but stories and companionship. And they’re having fun.
Aren’t these some of life’s most precious gifts?
Indeed they are. And they are worth taking time to live, and enjoy.
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