At the centre of our new social enterprise Street Wisdom is the idea that the every moment is extraordinary and every street full of inspiration. Few of us give ourselves time or permission to really focus on the world around us, so Street Wisdom provides that. While I truly believe our strap line “answers are everywhere”, on busy days like last Friday I shove that belief to the side of my mind and get lost in the noise like everyone else.
Then I visited my Dad in hospital.
A multi-disciplinary, serial professional (dentist, lawyer, coroner, judge) Bernard Pearl’s life is currently restricted to a hospital bed where he has more than enough time to dwell on the moment. Around him people are whiling away their day staring at screens or into mid air. Not my dad. Since becoming an enthusiastic, if very self-deprecating, amateur artist later in life, every object is a potential subject. And every meal. So each time the nurses deliver him a tray of food he sketches it.