“How Would You Like Your Day To Be?”: The C.H.I. Revisited For Children

Rod Newton’s simple question:  “How would you like your day to be?”, helps you to focus your energy and desires.  Moreover, this question could be asked to children to help them clarify what they want in their day and to help you as a parent gain cognition of their wants.  A simple question, and yet, not so simple.   To craft one’s day requires a special kind of building materials;  those of the mind and heart.  When we put this question to children, it shows them we give importance to their desires and that we recognize their uniqueness as human beings.  How often children get lost in the hurried shuffle of everyday affairs.  To begin each day with this simple question is to give our children a feeling of power and direction, which is often lost in a world dominated by adults and their needs.  Let’s not forget that it was only in the 19th century that child psychology came into being.  Alice in Wonderland, published in England in 1865 was the first children’s novel to investigate a child’s mental world, and it also foresaw identity crises, and denial, now commonplaces in the field of psychology.  Until then, the child was often an object of neglect, tyrannical abuse, work exploitation.  Rod’s simple question brings the child into focus, and gives it a dignity and respect, which it was denied for thousands of years.

Some Wisdom From Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte, the Belgian surrealist, was a painter of the mind and of a philosophical orientation.  First, a word about surrealism.  This artistic movement in the 20th century arose primarily because of two factors:  1:   World War I blasted the concept of rational man into outer space; and 2:  improved techniques in photography rendered portrait painting obsolete.  Surrealism sought to extend artistic possibilities into the infinite, including combinations of objects, which were previously thought absurd.  Not surprisingly, Lewis Carroll’s “mad” wonderland became an inspiration for several surrealists.  However,  many of Magritte’s striking juxtapositions are not absurd; they are satirical, disturbing, and, most often, they provoke thought.  In fact, Magritte posed the question:  “A picture is a window that looks out on something.  The question is, on what?”  He also teases us about the reality of what he paints.  In a series of increasingly detailed portrayals of a pipe, the message in the paintings reads:  “This is not a pipe.”  Magritte insists on the portrayal as an image, not an actual entity.  How bemused he would have been to live in today’s world, which swarms with enticing, beckoning images, and that which is real and not real is increasingly blurred.  But Magritte’s world was the landscape of the mind, and in the “pipe” example he wondered about the naming of things with a ferocity of a Wittgenstein.  To him, labels were a mental comfort zone, making the realm of the unknown more palatable.  Imagine looking at Necktie Falls without the human term “necktie.”  The falls might look very different, perhaps more threatening.  Magritte believed that one of the properties of the human mind was to label or to find an explanation of things and his juxtapositions are purposely disturbing.  He wants the mind to be uncomfortable and decried any attempt to find a definite meaning in his paintings.  Perhaps, his most profound saying is one which I call Magritte’s Paradox:  “If we look at a thing with the intention of discovering what it means, we end up no longer looking at the thing itself, but thinking of the question that is being raised.”  Magritte’s Paradox has implications in almost all facets of life, including critical analysis and personal relationships.  In other words, as soon as we focus with intent, we necessarily distort and limit the possibilities.  I believe that Magritte would have agreed with Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, who saw reality as “without bottom, hence unquenchable, unfathomable.”

One Lovely Blog Award And Best Moment Award

I am deeply grateful to photographyartplus for nominating me for these prestigious awards.  I hope that my posts have been of interest to my visitors.

About me:

1.  Blue is my favorite color, since I have a love for rivers.

2.  I began inner tubing the Rogue River when I was 12 and haven’t stopped.

3.  Carousel is one of my favorite musicals.

4.  I am a lifetime member of the British Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

5.  Fluorite and tourmaline are two of my favorite minerals, because they come in many colors.

6.  I have a passion for Lewis Carroll and his illustrators.

7.  I enjoy taking photos of nature.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for One Lovely Blog Award and Best Moment Award:

1.  auntyuta

2. photographyartplus

3. thesophomoreslump2

4. leaf and twig

5. twng32

6. thejapans


To all of the above, congratulations!