8th July 2021 Ms Vasanthi Arasoo
Most people adore things of beauty and this painting is indeed one that displays beauty of sorts. It’s a self-portrait of Dr. Beena and her two lovely companions, Zara and Mika.
As I scrutinize the painting, all that comes to mind is the feeling of peace, calmness, joy, delight, happiness and being content with life. Well, isn’t contentment the greatest form of wealth after all? What actually matters is that this is a feeling that cannot be bought. It is one that comes from complete satisfaction of the heart. Being humans, we each have our very own likes and dislikes. Not all of us find joy in nature. Most people chart their lives to achieve happiness and depending on what it is, they would try their best to get hold of it. There are those who work day and night to earn enough to buy all the possessions that their hearts desire. There are also those who work day and night just because they love what they do and they find happiness in their job. There is no joy in life other than job satisfaction.
In addition, there are others who would go out of their way to hike and conquer the tallest mountain in the world for the adrenaline rush and exhilarating experience that very few have achieved. All achievements in life will surely bring joy and satisfaction whether small or big. The question now is who determines the magnitude of satisfaction when something is achieved.
When you see a smiling face, two happy pets, a beautiful shady tree, lovely blooms in a pretty garden, birds chirping and enjoying the wonderful weather, does it make your heart dance with joy? Does your heart miss a beat as you treasure the moment of being in the midst of all things beautiful? Those who are at peace with themselves and can find calmness in the midst of all storms will certainly be able to enjoy the beauty of nature as it gives them joy to be surrounded by such beauty.
There are many things to be achieved in life but upon achieving them, the pleasant feeling of joy and contentment should follow. This is a feeling that cannot be bought but one that can be trained by the mind. We are the ones who determine the magnitude of satisfaction in our lives.
Dr. Beena’s self-portrait is one that overflows with contentment for those who who find peace with nature and all things beautiful. To end, I quote Paula Rollo,
” Contentment does not mean that I desire nothing. But rather, it’s the simple decision to be happy with what I have”.