“I know that I should think about giving
And think about
And think about living
But I can’t seem to rescue myself
What about my bank account
And my holy desert shield
That keeps me dry under the arms?
Flags and mental jewelry’s all I know
And they keep me happy and warm inside”
-Live’s Mirror Song
If ever there was a theme song for this project, it is Live’s “Mirror Song”. I can’t listen to it without tears welling up in my eyes. These verses (above) are my favorite….They talk about how we know we should be doing something more….to help or give to others. But sometimes it is just too hard to see past our own daily life. Our own mud. And we are told that our career success, money in the bank, support for our government, our cars, our houses, our possessions are what make us happy. But really they leave us still searching for true happiness. Profound joy. Maybe the giving was really the way to go? The song also ends with the author pondering the true nature of all the things that are supposed to keep him happy….
“At least they said they would
Said they could
Mama said they could
Do me good”
Today’s gift was simple. A local AIDS charity has set up a table inside the local market…they are serving Root Beer Floats for a donation. I donate. Skip the float. I feel awesome for being able to drop a little bit of money to charities when I can…and when I am more flush I like to donate larger amounts. I want to help. I want to see past my own struggles. And boy my life has been full of them lately.
Today’s painting is a little more experimental. I don’t know if it worked. I don’t think so. But it was a good try. I have been exhausted lately. I found out after doing some research that it may be due to my diabetes…And here you all thought I was lazy? Just kidding. On to the next one.