I recently read a wonderful story online, Cancer Patients Transformed By Gorgeous Henna Dome Designs in Samaritan mag.com by Kim Hughes, about a
Canadian company that creates temporary henna art to decorate the heads of cancer survivors who lose their hair as a result of treatment.
The artistry and the mission moved me. The designs are stunning. There is so much empowerment and beauty present.
Frances Darwin, a professional photographer, who founded the for-profit “social-purpose business” in 2011 created the company’s mission statement:
“We want to empower you. We want to help you feel beautiful, and give you the confidence to be a walking work of art.
It was this phrase, “walking work of art”, that leaped off the page at me. It made me wonder, what if we lived our lives every day as if we are walking works of art? Coming from this place, how differently might we treat others and ourselves? It reminds me each of us is unique and beautiful in our own ways.
There is something graceful and elegant about the concept that we are a creative, one of a kind masterpiece. It requires a sense of reverence to approach another as one of millions in this gallery called life when we picture people in this manner. It expands the definition of what is beautiful and speaks to the individual experience of recognizing what is beautiful to us. There is a quality of wholeness, peace, acceptance and strength that comes to mind when I consider these words.
It is reminiscent of the essence of Namaste, a Sanskrit greeting, when translated and used in modern terms has become known to mean, “the divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.” (Wikipedia)
As you go forward in your day, I encourage you to visit the link to the wonderful story about Frances’ company, Henna Heals. I also invite you to consider experimenting with really taking on her mission and spending some time experiencing what it feels like to be a “walking work of art”…and to treat others who cross your path along the way as such.
To Frances, thank you for permission to write about you, your mission statement and the wonderful, beautiful and empowering work you do for cancer survivors and others to help them heal from the side effects of treatment or illness.