A curate in a church cures souls. A curator of an art exhibit, chooses the work to show and its placement and importance. Both get a positive or negative reputation from the outcome of their work. *In a dream on Thursday night my friends were all around me and I was patting myself on the back about the way I had curated (chosen) my friends. A few days later the Denver Post had a picture of art objects a young artist had curated as an exhibit. The description made is seem a bit out of the ordinary and fresh and thought-provoking. He must have an interesting life!
The mind-set of making choices and listing them on a board or using a symbol to remind you that life choices reflect on your abilities should not be a surprise to me. But, it is a different way for me to appraise my present life and mindful approach to living that extraordinary elders can find helpful. So, the visual learner in my brain is already buying a large piece of cardstock and has a bottle of glue and will start putting up symbols of the people, experiences and material items that represent my life at age 73.
Each dear friend will have a spot on the sheet and it will be fun to ask what symbol or item will represent their soul or energy. The same goes for my family and people living at a distance. The outline and base for the symbols will be the figure for infinity–a large loopy NUMBER 8. I enjoy personal art journal type projects as a form of introspection. (especially since I do not have to show how child-like my work is) Mindfulness practice has taught me that spending time berating my self over a life time of choices is wasted…unless it reminds me to choose more slowly and thoughtfully now.
Each decade or two our needs and wants shift along with our jobs and situations in families and housing. We all get numerous chances to choose the best pieces of ourselves and others to go on our wall of life and there may be years where we hide the not so good pieces. If we have lived a long life, full of adventure and kindness toward people and the planet, we have a LARGE king sized bed sheet of words and symbols. But, this moment in time is what is important and how and to whom you present yourself and your life as an ancestor to be is the immediate legacy you will leave. This is a visible obituary in a way and while the facts of the past may be interesting, who you are now closer to the culmination of this journey is your gift to those coming up on the family tree.
Some of my friends will soon join me for a Christmas Eve in July party with iced hot chocolate and pink tree sugar cookies and they will need to bring an idea for me of what represents their aura and intellectual energy at this point so I can create my present day soul map……right after the Christmas carols.
* PS. I don’t believe that I chose my friends, it is usually as if we knew we were friends when we met for the very first time.