I should be working right now, but instead I am talking with one of our customers about my project. Diane is a regular and we have had lots of conversations. She is really nice and usually has something interesting to offer. She is a member of Soka Gokkai International, an International Buddhist Association dedicated to world peace. I am a former member. So we have a little in common. I never feel any judgement from Diane that I am no longer a member. I really like that. I have told her a little bit about my time and experience with SGI and she understands where I am. Anyway, I tell her about the Gift Prolific. She has such a great response to it. That helps me to be even more excited about it. I hand her one of my new fancy “Gift Prolific” business cards. The next day she comes in and we chat for a quick bit. She says that she hasn’t gotten a chance to check the site out yet….No problem. I gift her a bouquet of Gerbera Daisies. It totally catches her off guard….Her smile stretches from ear to ear. It’s the kind of smile that you can’t fake. I can see that this gift just made her day. And it just made mine a whole lot better too.
I am still a Buddhist….I am just not a member of SGI anymore. I try not to classify it too much and just let it be. As I have said before, I feel that this project is a meditation and an exercise in my own development. Very much like Buddhism. Zen and the art of daily painting and giving. You must stay present for the gifts to really connect….You must be honest with yourself and the receiver. You must do this with a sense of abundance. If you do this….It will lift up your life. Even if it is only for a short time each day. Making time for this is challenging but so is anything else worth doing. This painting represents the Buddhist nature of this project. No matter what sect of Buddhism or any other belief you may have….this is a meditation. A process. A practice.