Art and Core Values
My main core values have always been about growth and others, whether it be personal growth, intellectual growth, influencing others, or helping others. Walking around the Latin wing of the Harn Museum I came across a handmade wooden carving of Archangel Raphael. Raphael is the patron saint of healing, happy meetings, nurses, physicians and travelers. All of these incorporate everything I am as a person or aspire to be. I believe helping others is very important, therefore I try to do it as often as possible, whether it be simple everyday tasks or going on mission trips. Furthermore, I aspire to be a physician in the future, this encompasses both intellectual growth and helping others -- two of my core values. Lastly, Raphael is also the patron saint of travelers, something that many attribute to what the "good life" truly amounts to, or something that feeds into ones personal growth and intellectual growth. This piece of artwork made me happy, happy to have come across it, glad that it caught my eye and I gave myself time to truly appreciate it and take it all in. As a Christian, these small reminders is what allows me to live my life knowing that I am not alone and knowing what my purpose is, what I believe in. I never really knew who my favorite angel or saint was, but at the Harn Museum I learned that Raphael the Archangel was mine, this instilled both comfort and hope inside of me. This not only helped me grow as a person, but it also strengthened my personal beliefs in reference to religion.