Thursday, November 23, 2006

Smile Inside

Here is Hotei. The Chinese character on his chest reads, 'Happy'. The happiness that is being shown here is not something that needs sadness to contrast it against. No, this is an exuberance that springs up of itself. One sees this in children and sometimes in the elderly. And in the middle years perhaps joy is, more often than not, pinned to external things. However, not always.

Can one not fail to smile inside at what is being shown here?