“Mind of a Scholar
Body of a Warrior
…Soul of an Artist
That is how we must live”
– Mason Hartwell, my son.
He was only 16 or 17 when he wrote this, but my son poetically captured for me the perspective we need to find total happiness in our lives. In a classic 3-part synopsis of life, it conveys the concept of balance and perspective on our various natures.
Mind of a Scholar:
We need to have a thirst for knowledge and understanding of our world. Whether through formal education or not, we must grasp the best knowledge available to us. We must understand facts as well as theory. We must be able to understand other points of view as well as our own. We must be mentally agile, both in seriousness and with humor. Understanding satire, sarcasm, as well as dedicating ourselves to serious study of serious subjects will help us become scholars that can extend beyond the myopia of a partisan mind.
Body of a Warrior:
Those who have good health think it is a blessing. Those who have bad health know that a healthy body is essential to achieving fulfillment in this life. Being able to do what you want when you want is a critical component of happiness and freedom. As much as we are able we should get the appropriate physical exercise and activity level to enhance both our spiritual and mental abilities. A strong physical foundation serves to enhance both the scholarly and the artistic within us.
Soul of an Artist:
Artists live without shame. They are willing to bear their souls to the world, taking a chance that they will be rejected, yet having the self confidence that their creation is worthy. Painting is visual poetry, and poetry is verbal painting, both of which explore meaning in this world through metaphor and symbols. Artistic expression is the soul searching for spiritual understanding of the world around us. Spiritually speaking, those who never ask the serious questions will never find serious understanding and answers to the meaning of this life. Creativity and artistry is the vehicle to find the answers.