Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Try to Love the Questions

My friend sent this to me the other day, and it made me smile. Thought you might enjoy it too.

"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Love the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." - Ranier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, July 16, 1903

Stories from the street

Stories are the life-blood of a person. They make us who we are. They help us understand one another. How we think. How we act. The decisions we make. The values we hold dear.

I met an artist the other day who told me about how he started painting. Why he paints what he does. He said that he had a rough childhood growing up. He was abused, and he couldn't handle the stress of it all and wanted an escape. So he started abusing alcohol and hard drugs, and eventually found himself in rehab. He sought out counselling, resisting help at first until he found a person whose story he could relate to as well. They suggested he try out art - so he thought about it. And here he is - 29 years sober, an artist for 24 years. He paints with watercolours and fills in the top with oiled pens and symbols from Carl Jung.

Despite being a dropout, he reads a lot of Carl Jung psychology, and his paintings are supposed to portray his 'unconscious.' He said that he has a lot of trouble painting life around him, and that he finds solace in expressing his inner self instead.

I have to say that in that one soul was the talent of a dreamer, and I took home one of his paintings gladly. It's beautiful and is hanging on my wall right now.

It's kind of amazing to think how much strength is in a person. How someone who might have been labelled a failure or a reject has more strength that I think I could ever fathom coming up with myself. That man gives a gift to the world through his hands. He shares a part of his heart and his mind with the people who come in and out of his life through his art, and in taking a piece home, perhaps I am, in a way, also taking home the story that made it.

Let's not give up on one another but always have hope for tomorrow.

See Terry's work here.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Feeling lost and found

It's a funny feeling when your life seems to be hurtling forward at unprecedented rates, and you have no control of where it's going. Kind of intimidating.

Strange how it both bothers and does not bother me. It appears that the thing that bothers me is more not knowing than actually the part where I don't have control. But then again, maybe knowing is having control. Or perceived control of what will happen. Then again, our plans rarely come to fruition. There's usually some new and exotic twist that makes life interesting. Worth waiting around for.

So I guess I'll just wait for the surprise.