The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Your Life as a Masterpiece

Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life in a certain sense, they are to make it a work of art, a masterpiece.

–Pope Saint John Paul II. Letter to Artists.

vienna, st stephens graffiti, prater

I found this a very compelling call to action. Even when I’m not writing, perhaps I should still be aiming to create something.

14 comments on “Your Life as a Masterpiece

  1. Vintageport (@vintageport014)
    September 10, 2014

    Paige, I see your stories in the same way I view a beautiful still life…yours describe life in motion.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 12, 2014

      VP, you make my day on a regular basis! I appreciate that you come by to read the stories. It means a lot to me to know that other people are chuckling over the kiddos and “awww”ing at the oldsters with me. 🙂
      Paige

      • Vintageport (@vintageport014)
        September 12, 2014

        Your stories are to the Master Rembrandt as my scribblings are to the 7 year old Picasso with a broken right wrist.

  2. joannerambling
    September 10, 2014

    Bloody great

  3. jrsumnersw
    September 10, 2014

    Interesting way of looking at it. Our lives and the way we live it are like a lens through which to view the world, and through each person may exist a whole new world to see. If the god or gods could see through our eyes, what kind of world would they see?

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 12, 2014

      I agree that we have the uniqueness of individual experience, but as humans we can find commonalities through which to share our experience. We may read a work of literature or art in distinct interpretations, but it’s still an experience we can seek to explain.

      Your question reminds me of Milan Kundera in his book, “Ignorance.” “If someone could retain in his memory everything he had experienced, if he could at any time call up any fragment of his past, he would be nothing like human beings: neither his loves not his friendships nor his angers nor his capacity to forgive or avenge would resemble ours.” Perhaps this is why it is hard for us to read or interpret the messages from God. 🙂

      Paige

  4. evelyneholingue
    September 11, 2014

    Beautiful quote. I agree about each of us being in charge of making of our life the best possible artwork. Not an easy task but the reward…

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 12, 2014

      Evelyne, yes, it’s a challenge from day to day, I know. I like this quotation so much, and I’ve put it up on my door. So when I go out, I remember to smile at strangers, even when they don’t smile back. I don’t want to be in a grumpy masterpiece. 😀
      Paige

  5. Leya
    September 11, 2014

    I agree…but it’s oh, so difficult sometimes. I do believe it should be what to aim for though…

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 12, 2014

      Leya, here here. And aiming is a technical skill that takes some practice as well. 🙂 Though with your photography, you’re aiming all the time!
      Paige

      • Leya
        September 13, 2014

        He, he, that I am – the question is – is it for the right things…

      • thenicethingaboutstrangers
        September 15, 2014

        Haha! A friend once told me, “90% of your instincts are right, so it’s really only the bad 10% you have to worry about.” 🙂
        Paige

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