Friday, May 21, 2010
And yet our lives are precious and important to us and worthy of examination. Writing requires thinking and reflection. I believe that most of the thinking I do is in the service of coming to terms with the realities of life and of death. I want to stand back and see the big picture, to accept and understand that lives come and go, and to protect myself from the sorrow of loss.
Some Russian writer I read long ago said something about how the mistake we make is to be so attached to the people in our lives and the world around us, given the ease and speed with which it can all disappear. I see it in the newspapers every day and wonder at the good fortune that has been mine. Knock on wood.
The image above is an 8.5 x 11" detail of Clippings, ©2008, Acrylic & Mixed Media on Paper. For information about any of the paintings on this site, please email Joan.