So there I was sipping my coffee at the counter at the Town Diner. And then a ship pulled into port, right there on the counter, docking near the creamer.
I love being surprised by art. I love that it happens a lot around Watertown. On this particular day, a man named Henry, who had placed the ship on the counter, explained that he had made it. He worked on it for years, off and on, and he had won a ribbon at the Watertown Art Show for it. It was a replica of a warship, and he told me a bit about the history of the ship. It was clear he had put his heart into this work, carefully attending to each detail.
I was thankful for this surprise encounter. All of our work can be art, really. And when we attend to it with creativity, focus, and joy, we gift the world. I went back to what I was doing — making a “to do” list for the day — holding to this task a bit more lightly, with a bit more creativity, focus, and joy.