Thursday, 18 September 2014

It is better to give...

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” ~Annie Dillard, “The Writing Life”

Do you ever read or see or hear something that hits you squarely between the eyes? It moves you in such a way that for a brief moment time pauses, and all thoughts and emotions come into focus. For one minute, in this massive, confusing, colorful tapestry called life, there is a single pin-point of clarity. A small segment of the weave makes sense. You feel a sense of: understanding. You have been moved. You may not even know in which direction. All you know, is that something must be done.

You have been inspired.