Thursday, September 22, 2011

Small Things That Make the World Better

Twitter is an interesting world.  Just last week, a professor/friend and I reconnected and he had linked to a fascinating article about some mysterious book/art/gifts that were turning up around Edinburgh, Scotland.  Here is an example:
I love this little guy!
You can read the whole story if you click here.

I mean, how cool is that?  Awesome book sculptures mysteriously left at places that value literacy. (Okay, so I have a tiny problem with the books being cut up--but it is a tiny problem.  The art that springs from the pages and the message from the artist is...well....I don't quite have the words, actually.)

What I do know is that when I see things like this, when I see someone doing something completely unexpected and beautiful, perhaps even anonymously, I am filled with hope for our world.

I know we all have our own ways of touching the lives of others.  Some (like the dragon maker) create art, some write poetry, some help children, some wipe tears away, some heal wounds, some make chocolate cupcakes. some plant trees and flowers...I could go on and on.

The important thing is that all of these little things make the world a better place.  Imagine if every person did one awesome, unexpectedly beautiful thing tomorrow...the world would be billions of times better in just one day!  (yeah, I know, my math is off, but you get the idea.)



Hermana Tiffany Garner said...

Such happy thoughts! Thanks for your enthusiasm :)

Yat-Yee said...

I learned about the mysterious book-related sculpture/art pieces from my friend Tanita. It is indeed very heart-warming. And a great reminder that while our much labored-over manuscripts still haven't found publishers, we can offer smaller scale contributions. Happy weekend, Shelley, thanks for the upbeat thought.

Christina Lee said...

Totally awesome!!!!!!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love that little sculpture too! (I'm ignoring the cutting).

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Keats? (I'm too lazy to Google at this late hour).

Christina Lee said...

I'm back over here again to say thank you for your kind wishes today!

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss shelly! wow that art is way cool. for sure just little thing could make the would lots better. little things got my life lots better.
...hugs from lenny

Roxy said...

Creative people always amaze me. I'd never heard of book sculptures until today. Brilliant!