At breakfast today, while turning the page of an incredibly good book (to be revealed here in the coming weeks), I looked up and saw it. A basket in the corner, catching the morning light. I don't even remember how this basket came into my home. Its history is a mystery. And yet here it was, catching my attention.
Of course, you know what happened next: I reached for my camera (or more correctly, my iPhone). I clicked into my favorite camera app (Camera+ by tap tap tap, and no, I'm not being paid to say that), hitting the "macro" feature. All of the tiniest details of the basket came into exquisitely clear view. Not just a simple brown basket anymore, but a basket with fine threads of yellow, blue, green, purple, red, black, white, and orange. Just moments before, it was a simple brown basket.
Somebody, somewhere, made this basket that now lives in my house. Somebody shaped the reeds and guided them, weaving the strands over and under. An anonymous craftsman (or craftswoman, or craftsperson, if we're going to be P.C.) made this basket for an anonymous owner. Me.
Did you ever think of the thousands and thousands of hands that helped put together all of the things in your home? It's mind-boggling when you get right down to it. Everyday artists who created useful things, beautiful things, things we might not even notice as we scurry about our days.
"Look deeply at the apple in your hand and see the farmer who tended the apple tree; the blossom that became the fruit; the fertile earth; the organic material from decayed remains of prehistoric marine animals and algae, and the hydrocarbons themselves; the sunshine, the clouds, and the rain. Without the combination of these far-reaching elements and without the help of many people, the apple would simply not exist."
Right now, look around the room you're in. Find just one thing and imagine its history. Imagine the hands that touched it, all the elements and all the forces that brought it into your home.
Perhaps whisper "thanks."
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