Wall of Houses: A cautionary tale

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This image was made by a client who has been stuck in the same place in his life for many years, and is having a lot of conflict about moving on. The directive was to “draw yourself standing in front of a wall”. When asked about the chimney and smoke he said, “It’s a house built into the wall, it’s a wall of houses”.

We all face barriers in our lives, things that we cant circumvent however hard we try. They must be dealt with or we end up settling for less. We give up on our goal or postpone it till it turns sour in our hearts and we convince ourselves that “I never really wanted that anyway“. 

Other people when faced with the wall make camp and start construction. Building homes into the wall, a ghost town to replace the one they cant get to-yet. That’s the thing about the wall…it’s big and daunting, but it doesn’t kill the desire in our hearts for something more…more than this provincial life.  And thus the theme of many a Disney movie– a character is stuck in a situation too small for their ambition so they scale the wall keeping them from the life they want.  Because, after all a Mermaid who gives up on her dreams doesn’t make for a very good movie.

What kind of movie would your life make? Do you take action to overcome the barriers that lie ahead? Or would it feature a bitter, defeated character trying to make a home on a wall where no home ought to be?  

Build Your House on the Rock

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

-Matthew 7:24-27

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