Somewhere, perhaps a sociologist or a grad student is working on an analysis of how we amuse ourselves at work. There are easy answers that involve birthday cakes. Even how we decorate--an obvious approach.
I have not always decorated for every season at work. I haven't always had space of my own, and I've often been using my decorations at home. I've been hesitant until recently to use decorations that have a clear religious theme. I remember putting a plastic canvas stitched by my grandmother on my office door, and the main response I got was, "You know this is a Christian symbol, right?"
I always said, "Before that, it was a pagan symbol."
I said something similar yesterday, as I started decorating for our Spring into Health event:
Yesterday, I started decorating with Easter eggs. And then, just for fun, I added my little pumpkin to the mix:
I did think about all the posts I've seen about not mixing Easter into our Lent. And yes, I understand. But the themes and images of Lent don't really fit with the festival atmosphere we're trying to create.
I decided to amuse myself further by adding some Christmas to the mix! My Christmas 2016 poinsettia is finally starting to turn red.
As I mixed the seasons and holidays, I thought about what our latest knowledge of Physics might tell us. Let me grossly oversimplify: this idea that time moves in a line is an illusion created by our brains which can handle a straight narrative, but not the concept of timelessness and eternity.
Any time that I create, I try to think about the ultimate creator. I imagine God smiling at my feeble attempts to show that I understand quantum physics. I imagine God offering a summer item to make the seasonal ensemble complete.
feeling the feelings…
1 year ago