High Tea and a Laugh, Graceville, hand coloured linocut, 57 cm x 84.5 (framed).
High Tea and a laugh
To know people,
look to the company they keep.
If I could change one cultural intercourse tradition,
it would be a substitution of questions.
Instead of ‘what do you do for a living?’
I’d like to ask ‘what do you do with your friends?’
Surely we are a product of our acquaintanceships,
a product of all the grace, compassion,
and sometimes ‘hard love’ that we have shared. They shape us, sustain us and give a sense of place, a sense of ‘I’.
Hence the old Biblical exhortation to be careful of the company you keep, and the Buddhist teaching that with our words we make the world.
When I measure ‘myself’ by the quality
and diversity of my acquaintances,
I know that I am a lucky man.
More tea anyone?
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