I know that Heritage Day or its equivalent is coming in early in August for many locations. It’s a time to celebrate who we are; our culture, food, sports, dance, music and more. What a vibrant diversity of sights, sounds and tastes!
If I could place one object in a museum to help future generations know who I am and how I tried to walk upon this earth, what would it be? I wouldn’t be able to think of something quickly.
I’m not much of a sports person, so that whole path of possibilities is not for me.
So, who am I really? At my core, summed up in one object, what would it be? Ah, I have it, a colourful, irregular and rough stone.
I am a curious person, and my hope is that folks would want to pick it up, turn it about and examine it. Take time to wonder at what a curious choice this person has made. Why on earth – an ordinary stone.
The truly curious might see a small text on the display case that could be easily missed by many who are too quick to move on to the next item in the museum. It might say something like this.”
Here lies a simple, colourful and heavily textured natural stone. It represents many core values of this person. First, it reminds him that he is from the earth and returns to the earth. In the meantime, there is time for curiosity, chaos, joy and tranquillity. Each person can have their own stone without impinging on another. Thank you for picking it up, and I hope you enjoyed a moment of reflection.”
I often don’t know where my Blogs will take me. It unfolds as I write. I never saw my answer to the ‘think’ solidified until I wrote it down!
Please give this a bit of a think. First, when I use the word museum, think beyond a building you enter after being greeted by massive pillars at the front entrance. Include the possibility of a very modern museum, outdoors perhaps interactive, or a virtual museum.
Now think of an object you’d like future generations to be aware of, knowing it represented you – by your choice. Don’t be shy to involve multimedia or anything else you need to make your exhibit complete and long-lasting.
I’m curious about your thoughts. I’m excited to learn what items you choose for yourself and why. Please share a comment. Join the discussion.
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