First Painting Of The Year And The Power We Wield In 2014
Look Back, If Only For A Moment
10″x20″ Mixed media/encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.
This painting is available HERE
“He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ’em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”
The above passage is spoken by Scrooge to the ghost of Christmas past. He was explaining his relationship with his boss, Fezzywig, when he was young man. A very different relationship than what he holds with his own employee, Bob Crachet.
I have been thinking of these lines for the last few weeks. The power that Scrooge is speaking of is held by all of us. Parents hold it over their children, children over parents, spouses over one another. We wield this power most often over our loved ones, no doubt, the ones that love us the most. They are weak to either our disapproving glances or uplifted to our welcoming arms, our kisses, our approval. However, even the shop keeper or the restaurant server can be deeply affected under our power to make their work day good or bad. Such power we hold. To actually be able to make a persons day better! What a blessing it is to actually be able to do that.
In 2014 let’s wield that power only for the sake of good. Remember what Voltaire said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Use your power responsibly!