Day 18: January 18
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition
The call for an early morning walk brought an experience of what I would call a semi labyrinth and an opportunity. There seemed to be a directive in my steps and fond remembrance to come to this vacant area where just over a year ago I created a peace labyrinth on parachute material.
At the time a tarp was used underneath, though a surprising realization of paint where the outer edges bled through to leave left an impression of surprise to myself as well as on the concrete surface below. I thought to repaint the surface at the time, though with predicted rains assumed it would most likely wash the traces away. The honesty defined in this moment brought forth a happy and higher regard for the durability of the paint used and simultaneously, a responsibility of restoration to leave it a place better than when found.
Presented before me today was a walk of partiality with a charge to restore the area to its former status or to develop it in a better way. I made the most out of the experience by deciding to walk right into the dilemma and use what was available. It was an honest walk and a veritable look at the footprints we create. While I could walk the clear lines of the outer edges, the internal lines called for memory and imagination. What were clear were the external memories of my labors, and what was unclear was the imaginative internal structure.
As soon as I stepped into the imaginative uncharted pathways, I knew I would develop it to a more purposeful use rather than a mere resurfacing. My thoughts and actions often tend to lean toward not just making a place better for having found it, but better because of the way we experience and inhabit it. Blocks away from a school and historically vacant, a labyrinth here might be put to better use with this addition than without. I realized I could bring a little paint at a time and enjoy the unfolding process of the creation over time in it’s gradual development.
A suggestion to walk with:
Create a way to make something better today because you were there.
TLS 365 Experience 2018: The Year of Living Honestly
Whether it’s a daily walk, teaching others, sharing an experience, expressions of art, building or design, we explore the questions of what brings us to honesty in our use of the labyrinth.
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