In Wisdom

In our busy lives, we often lack time and space to rest, think, feel, grow and just be. Here is a story I was happy to find again and share with you:

“A Japanese artist was commissioned by an American to do a painting. The completed work had, in a lower corner, the branch of a cherry tree with a few blossoms and a bird perched upon it. The entire upper half of the painting was white. Unhappily, the American asked the artist to put something else in the painting because it looked, well, so bare. The Japanese refused the request. When pressed for an explanation, the artist said if he did fill up the painting, there would be no space for the bird to fly.”

From Robert A. Rosenstone, Mirror in the Shrine, 1991.

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