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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

18. Change

My son took me to a garden on the college campus where he had completed his undergraduate work in art and oil painting. In the garden, he showed me a  pagoda that he had painted a painting of a few years ago. I immediately recognized the structure because the oil painting rests on a wall in the breakfast area in our home.

As I observed the painting again this morning, I was enlightened by my son's viewpoint at the time of the painting. The garden, at the time, was young as was his brush. The plants and the greenery surrounding the pagoda were short in stature, being that a lot of the growth was new. Thus was the vantage point of a young artist in training. His eyes saw newness, clean lines, and a strong structure.

As he took me along the trails of the garden, though, he showed me, the current view of the pagoda from the original vantage point. His first observance was of the plants and the greenery having had grown up along the trail obscuring the view of the pagoda. We stood where he had stood those few years back, he and I, we stood together, to get the view from the same vantage point at the time of the painting. I could easily make out the roof of the structure and only a bit of the right side. The garden had matured and, actually, we could not see the structure from the old vantage point.

Although the eyes of the painter have matured, the garden had done so as well. Change had taken place both in the garden and in the artist. Both had changed in growth and maturity, so much so, that anyone could see the changes and that they were good. The maturity and growth changes had purpose for the garden had grown in strength, depth, beauty, and in color. My son, the artist, had equally grown and the heights at which he is excelling continue to exude maturing change. 

Time is irrevocable. Change is constant. I am older now.

When your leader talks of change, he should be speaking in regards to purpose, maturity, growth, and depth. It is most unfortunate that change also refers to debilitating destruction and death. Ignorance doesn't understand the difference.  

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