I read a story on Facebook a couple of days ago, I liked it and then I forgot about it (as we all do in these times of information-avalanche). But reading an article on El Pais today, made me remember it.
“There is a story they tell of two dogs. Both at separate times walk into the same room. One comes out wagging his tail, while the other comes out growling.
A woman watching this, goes into the room to see what could possibly make one dog so happy and the other so mad. To her surprise she finds a room with mirrors.
The happy dog found a thousand happy dogs looking back at him while the angry dog found a thousand dogs growling back at him.
What you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are.”
And now, the reason why I remembered it: El Pais (The Country) newspaper published on 22nd of October an article about a beautiful initiative that is present now on the streets of Madrid. Literally on the streets, because it consists of lyrics or phrases with a romantic touch, placed on the zebra crossings.
Even if the author is unknown for a very good reason, that being the fines, the article says that sources from the urban art industry in Madrid attribute the idea to Boa Mistura (Portuguese, “Good Mixture” in English), an multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art.
They’ve created a video also, called “Madrid, te comeria a versos” (Madrid, I would eat you in lyrics)
You don’t see yet the connection with my initial story, I know, so I´ll explain. I loved the project. It´s funny to find yourself waiting for the green light and to be surprised by messages like: Sometimes laughing is the most serious thing to do, You are on my list of fulfilled desires, The best didn´t happen yet, nor is about to come. It´s happening now. The shades of sin draw for me, I felt like an astronaut lost in your glasses and so on.
But then I read the comments from the article. And I realized the two dogs are everywhere around us. There are people saying it’s cheesy, that it´s cheap poetry for cheap people, it´s inappropriate, basically complaining about the campaign.
Guys??? Hellooooo!!! Daily happiness comes from little things. A little smile, a little joke, a ray of sun, the weather :P. Nobody´s harmed by some letters on the asphalt….
So my message to you all is: be the happy dog and you’ll see only happy dogs around you. And enjoy another piece of my lovely Madrid.