A girl walks up to a construction site and asks the first man she sees, “Excuse me, what are you doing?” And he says, “Oh, can’t you see I’m laying bricks?” She then walks up to the second man she sees, who is doing the exact same thing the first one was doing, and says, “Excuse me, what are you doing?” And he says, “Oh, can’t you see I’m building a wall?” And then she reaches the third man, who is doing the same thing as the previous two, and she says, “Excuse me, what are you doing?” And he says, “Oh, can’t you see I’m building a temple?” A fable as told by Sarah Kay
What do we think we are doing, making art, throwing pots? Is that like laying bricks? Yes, perhaps it is. But why are we doing it? Is that like building temples? Yes, perhaps it is.
Is what motivates us a bigger picture or a smaller? There is no right answer, just the reasons we give ourselves and others for doing what we do. But the reasons matter, because if we are building temples we may not be as interested in building mundane huts. If we are building walls we may not be as inclined to build bridges. And if we are simply laying bricks we may not really be interested in what it is we are building.
Its not just what we are doing that matters, but why we do it. The why is the door we walk through to start our doing. Some doors are incredibly wide, and others are almost too narrow to fit through. Some doors lead to immense possibility and others to tiny cells. How big is your door? Where all does it lead? How happy are you walking through it? These are all important questions.
Stuff to think about 🙂
Make beauty real!