Friday, March 1, 2013

Nothing's Black and White

"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown is the important thing--and keeping the unknown always beyond you. Catching, crystallizing your simpler, clearer vision of life--only to see it turn stale compared to what you vaguely feel ahead--that you must always keep working to grasp." Georgia O'Keefe

Whether it is creating with words or with pen and colored pencils, my vision is there, elusive but there, and is something I seldom, but sometimes, am able to get right. When I write, I pare down and down until what I'm left with is the barest truth I can understand and make understandable. Can I start with an empty page and create something clear and simple? Can I draw on blank paper a feeling I want others to recognize? Can I allow myself to chase the vision, and as I move toward what is beyond me, get farther down the road? What I create today may come to feel stale, but for now, for today, I'm thinking the work itself is the important thing, not the results. Creating what I couldn't see before and may not get right is the energy that puts life into my day. Can I do all this and maintain faith in myself?

Baruch ata adonai...there is so much beauty and so much pain in this world all at the same time. The other day I was wondering how you could let so many bad things happen to a friend who has only tried her best to live a good life. Then I remembered you put possibilities before us and you too must weep at the outcomes. Everything is all about the journey and doing the best we can along the way. Thank you for making me who I am and who I will be. Amen


  1. Yes it is the journey and all the lessons, the joy, the tears. All of lifes experiences are a what its about1951. LOVE LIFE

  2. I needed to read this today. Thanks so much!

  3. Such beautiful thoughts and lessons about creativity ad the process. In the end - it's all about the journey. Beautiful!