Canada is a constitutional monarchy.
This means we have a queen and share some similarities with England.
One of the things we share is the Queen’s Christmas message.
Now stick with me here, because I have a point and it’s not a history or politics lesson.
I usually watch this message, and sometimes it’s well worth it. This year it was.
What the Queen said well was something I wrote about, albeit less elegantly, a few weeks back: sometimes it feels like individuals are powerless. There are so many big and terrifying things going on in the world right now.
How can one person change the course of a war?
How can one person stop genocide?
And so on.
But what one person can do is make a small difference.
Do small things with great love. And these small things ripple out on and on.
Regardless of how you feel about the monarchy, this message is an important one. We are not all destined for great and huge things in life but we can all, each one of us, make a difference, no matter how small.
I’ve been reading a lot about the search for happiness recently. The secret to happiness and so on.
I’m at a point where I’m in a good place, but there’s always a hunger for more.
And, for me anyway, I think I’ve found the secret to happiness. It comes from living a meaningful life.
Having an impact. Making a difference.
My personal happiness level rose dramatically when I started painting for www.IAMlive.org. I feel like, for now, I’ve found a place where I can make a difference, do this small thing with great love and it’s an amazing feeling.
Tomorrow I get back to painting. There’s an Impala with my name on it and two guys who need some colour!
In the meantime, if you want some art, today’s the day! Every order from my site will include a free extra surprise print. My choice, your surprise.
Did you know?
I was in last week’s Our London. http://www.ourlondon.ca/news-story/7030028-pop-culture-painter-doing-it-for-mental-health/