Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Life as Art

I was going for a run early one morning and I went past this guy setting up tubs of water and strings on the sidewalk. It was really early on a Sunday and no one was even around. I came back through town a couple of hours later and here was this same guy just making these extraordinary soap bubbles. It was still early in the morning so he was without an audience. I watched for awhile from my car and it became apparent that he was completely involved with it, just making these for the sheer joy of doing it. It's rare you see someone doing something for just this one reason. It's such a simple idea. That in the end, it is really one of the only reasons to do anything worthwhile. I walked across the street and stood next to him and when he was in between bubbles I just said "thank you" and without missing a beat or even breaking his bubble making he responded "your welcome"

soap bubble

4 comments:

Marilyn said...

pure joy!
Of all the gifts from Santa, what did my grand daughter play with most? The bubbles she received in her stocking...thank you for sharing.

William Hall said...

So true and stated so eloquently.
Joy is in the process.

Nicholas Wilton said...

I listened to a talk by David Whyte soon after I wrote this ...he asked the audience "How much of what you do has a satisfaction in and of itself?" I realized I was asking the same question in this post.

Brian Demeter said...

What a great physical and visual statement! Love this.