The first thing that I did was decide on the words of wisdom that hold the meaning of life:
Peace Paz 和平 سلام
Love Cariño 爱 عشق
Friendship Amistad 友谊 صداقة
Kindness Amabilidad 仁慈 لطف
Respect Respeto 尊重 احترم
Honor Honra 荣誉 شرف
Compassion Compasión 同情 شفق
Patience Paciencia 耐心 صبر
Charity Caridad 慈善 صدقة
Temperance Templanza 节制 زهد
Hope Esperanza 希望 أمل
As you can see, I decided to use them in four of the most commonly used languages of our time: English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. It took me three days of double referencing over a dozen "translation" sites to make sure I had the most likely 'true' translations into Spanish, Chinese and Arabic....as I don't actually speak or read any of them.
Then I hand etched them into a plexiglass plate in a semi-repeating pattern. It took 8 hours of actual etching time to complete, done over roughly 4 days.
I should probably mention this meant doing all the letter backwards (;
This is what the plate looks like, inked, with my outline of the tree that I used as a guideline:
And this is what the finished print looks like:
You should be able to click on the images for higher resolution and closer detail.