The Canvas of Life

Life is a multidimensional phenomenon. There are numerous angles from which life can be observed and analyzed and of course the most useful one is to live it. Meanwhile, if we analyse it symbolically, life is a perfect reflection of a canvas. A canvas which is painted upon by the painter which is the one who lives life.

A drawing or a painting at a canvas depends on the artist, whether he/she produces a masterpiece or just a set of black and white scattered lines, and that is what decides whether the painting will be hanged in an art gallery or will it end up in the garbage can. In the similar fashion, life is also in the hands of the one who spends it which ultimately decides the fate of life whether the name of its spender will be there in the hall of fame or in the hall of shame.

The way the artist sets the canvas board according to his/her ease reflects the basic ideology of the spender of life. If the artist is not comfortable on the canvas while painting he/she either changes the position of the body or changes the orientation of the canvas board. Same is the case with life, it all depends on how we see life. We have to find that point of view from where we are comfortable in the way we spend our life, whether we adjust ourselves or change our lives accordingly. This is fundamental to a beautiful painting and a peaceful life.

The colour selection of the artist mirrors the diversity of people we meet with. These colours play a vital role in the making and completion of the painting, similarly people we keep company with either make or brake us. It would not be wrong to say that an artist is known by the colours he/she uses, as a man is known by the company he keeps. It is important to select best available colours and also surround ourselves with most reliable people.

The strokes of the brush of artist is symbolic representation of the circumstances one passes through. Sometimes the strokes are delicate and soft and the other times they are harsh. Life is also full of different circumstances which are sometimes in one’s favour and sometimes against one, but one thing is for sure that both types of strokes and circumstances are essential for the completion of the one’s painting and for the development of one’s personality. The more the strokes the more the polishing and ultimately the more the shine.

On the canvas of life, every sweep of the brush counts for something…

-Scotte Hestie

Everyday we meet people of different attitudes and conducts. Some are simple but attractive. These people are the painting of beautiful landscapes. Some people appear to be harsh and rigid and they belong to the category of the paintings of barren lands and deserts. Similarly some are quite and deep as ocean, spreading all blue on the canvas. We also happen to meet people having weird personality, we find it difficult to understand them. Those people are synonymous to the abstract art. No matter how confusing they seem to be, they are still a piece of art and we have to respect their unique artistic persona. Anne Copeland got it right that;

In the canvas of life, a flat landscape would be pretty boring.

As Shakespeare said, “All the world is a stage, And all the men and women merely players”, it would not be wrong to conceive it as “The life is a canvas and every man and woman is a painting painted by him/her self.”

Conclusively it is safe to say that it all depends on the painter, but if we want to beautify our canvases and pacify our lives then we must not forget the greatest painter (Al-Musawwir) and the creator of all life (Al-Khaliq) in any case. He, whose painting is flawless and whose creation is limitless despite the great variety of the creation; every single creature is unique, has the ultimate control over everything and everyone and we owe all the colours of our lives to Him and Him only. Al-Musawwir Himself says:

He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Quran, 59:24]



Let’s talk about barriers.

Not the ones that are held infront of gates or placed in the middle of roads that bar passage but the ones that human behaviour create for fellow human beings. Barriers are those gestures, actions, arguements, behaviourial approaches and ways of dealing with others which put the excerciser at a distance from the people. A distance or more precisely a trench no-one allowed to cross. The immediate effect of such distance seems to hit others but in the longer run the time proves that it was the excerciser who was at loss.

It would be feasible to relate barriers with tragedies because their effect on the lives of people is tremendous. Though they may not seem to have such a massive existence but their life long aftershocks keep shaking the very base on which a man stands.

A common phenomenon that we face in everyday life is generation gap which is the most vibrant example of barriers. The old generation is not ready to accept the customs of new generation and the new generation does not seem to care and is not ready to let their customs go. There exist a very sound barrier and is inclined to such a height that it almost seems impossible to mount.

The other example is everyday life barriers. The barriers placed by ego, self-centred mindset, obstinacy and superiority complex. These are so poisonous for human beings in their day to day interaction that the poison ends up putting the relationship at stake.

If studied deeply to the root of the cause, it is evident that barriers work on the principle of karma according to which one reaps what one sows. Those who put barriers around them end up dealing with the loneliness as their only companion inside the boundary defined by barriers and also with those reactionary barriers that others put around themselves. What actually happens is that the barriers which are initially put to be at a distance from others surround them in such a way that it becomes very difficult to escape through even for themselves.

One possible way to avoid such situation is to be open to everyone. Don’t let the current running through barriers kill the emotions because sometimes not talking create misunderstandings which ultimately lead to emotional breakdown. Be open for questions, be accepting, be expressive, keep sharing and break barriers. Let’s connect to others because that’s the reason why mankind still exists.

Here it must be noted that keeping a personal space is different from putting barriers. A personal space is one’s comfort zone but it doesn’t affect the lives of others whereas a person surrounded by barriers collide with comfort zones of others and leave stains on their minds forever.

Are Ideas really Bulletproof?

Ideas are thoughts but not the ordinary ones. Ideas possess intelligible, sometimes imaginative but progressive solutions. If we refer to the google, it says;

A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action

They not only represent solution of the problems but they also play their role in avoidance of problems in the first place. Moreover they also have the ability to illuminate people about something they never imagined.

Owing to their physical absence, it is often quoted that ideas are bulletproof. The arguement they put up is that one can shoot a person but one cannot shoot his ideas. This is a wrong interpretation of ideas. In reality, ideas are living entities, they are like human beings. They are alive, they can be big or small, negative or positive, they own a personality, they can reproduce, they can be fed or they can be starved and most importantly they can be hurt too.

Yes, ideas can be hurt. If they were bulletproof they could never be hurt. Since they do not have a physical presence, the bullets that hurt them are also not physical beings rather they are thoughts and actions.

The bullets of thoughts and actions fired from the guns of arrogance and ignorance put so many holes in the body of ideas, wounding them so bad that they barely breathe.

For example, when a child grows up after climbing the steps of life and approaches the consciousness, his brain proposes so many ideas that he looks the world from a perspective which is extremely fascinating for him. He literally thinks that the world is a playground where all the worries can be forgotten in a matter of seconds. But as the time passes by, the actions and reactions of people around him start tormenting his delicate ideas and he ends up hiding and suppressing them in order to save them along with their originality. Less does he realise that ideas without execution are useless. As a famous quote goes;

The value of idea lies in the using if it.

-Thomas Edison

Not as many assassination attempts are carried out against human beings daily as against the ideas. There is nothing as much resilient as ideas. Eventhough they suffer suppression,they are torn apart, shattered, bullied, broken and fired at, yet they do not stop existing. No-one can deny their existence even in the worst and darkest times of their lives. They keep popping up in minds, they stay healthy as long as we keep feeding them, but even if we don’t feed them they don’t die. They just go backstage in the theatre of brain.

So, therefore, it can be concluded that ideas are not bulletproof but yes they are death proof.

Ideas do not die!