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A Canvas For Life

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A Canvas For Life

Each person carries with them a blank canvas upon which those who pass by paint a stroke. There is not one artist creating this masterpiece, but many artists through interactions with each person, influencing the strokes of the brush that sweep across the surface.  We are privileged to get a chance to paint upon those canvases, placing our marks with care and precision, whether for ourselves or for someone else.  It is a painting someone will carry with them for the duration of their life adding to it as experiences dictate.  Those who pass by influence the artwork upon the canvas within a fraction of time, yet the mark lasts for a lifetime.

We are all artists, each and every one of us. We each share the responsibility of painting upon the canvases for life of each person that crosses our path.  We only get one chance to apply the brush with gentleness and care.  Our encouragements lie boldly upon the canvas, as do our disappointments.  These marks stay on the canvas in its own positions exposed in its true colors at first, and then hidden deep beneath the many layers of paint that accumulates over the years.

The artwork itself is unique, with its color patterns lying audaciously on the canvas. Yet, each paint spot tells its own story.  Some are delightful stories sharing a common thread of happiness and encouragement.  Some are disheartened stories eliciting sadness and discouragements.  We must learn to wield our artists’ brushes with consideration for the canvas we are painting upon.  It is not just a surface to try our hand at being creative, this is a painting created by life.  It is our hands that must guide the paintbrush to the canvas to apply kindness, compassion, and a large dose of love.

Our palette is to be filled with paint that is mixed with love and understanding; kindness and encouragement; tolerance and empathy. We must be cognizant to dip our brush in the paint with care and apply that paint lovingly upon the canvas of the people who cross our paths.  These few moments of attention to careful details will add to painting a life- creating a masterpiece.  Peoples’ artwork is individualized with their life experiences, layer upon paint layer, creating a work of art of a lifetime.

When painting a canvas for life, whether your own or someone else’s let your brush embody love as you leave your marks upon the surface.

6 thoughts on “A Canvas For Life

  1. A very interesting way to look at life and how it shapes us to be the person we are. The canvas being our heart, mind and soul, memories that accumulate, experiences that add to the masterpiece. A very nice representation and gives it a nice visual when you think about it. I believe that we have some control over what gets painted onto our canvas, for one example, control the people you have in your life that have the ability to change your canvas, what do you think about this?

    1. Yes, I agree, Andrew. I think it’s important to be aware of those you have in your life and how they are adding to your experiences and the paint they are placing on your canvas.

  2. Wow, Kerri! This is a very beautiful post. I never thought of life like that, but it all makes sense. Now you have me wondering what my canvas looks like, and how I’ve added to others.

    For my canvas, I’m picturing a lot of red, because of the love I have for my girlfriend, a blotch of black as my mom passed recently, some yellow for the happiness I have despite the fact, a significant amount of green because I’ve really been growing in my discipline parkour, and finally there must be a dash of purple for the ambition I have towards creating a career out of parkour.

    I’d love to hear what you imagine your canvas looking like Kerri.

    1. I LOVE the description of your canvas! You never realize how many people touch you and how every day events affect your life. I will have to give some thought to my canvas and respond back in a bit.

  3. Very interesting metaphor!

    One I hadn’t really thought of before. I see it almost like a double awareness. First off, be careful about who we surround ourselves with because their brush strokes WILL change our canvas whether we like it or not. And likewise be careful with the effects we have on other people too!

    1. Yes and Yes! Our canvas is not always protected, likewise about others canvases. We must be careful and thoughtful with our own actions and words.

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