October 10 was World Mental Health Day, so our mental health team here hosted an event where people of all ages could make drawings showing what mental health meant to them. The theme was “Colors that make me happy”. Big tarps were spread out in the center of campus, dozens of crayons and papers were handed out, and in a scene right out of the movie Taare Zameen Par (if you haven’t seen this movie, check it out, it is truly beautiful!), kids and adults had a few hours of joyful self-expression.
It was a simple activity but I was really touched by it… in part because of how rarely we get/make time to just stop, sit down and let out our creative side!
Here’s a quote I was thinking of as we sat together doing this activity:
“I rejoice to hear that thou takest pains with thine art, for in this wonderful new age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal could be greater than this, that one’s art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paint brush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the Temple.”