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Mist and forgiveness

Oak in mist, 1

"Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen of my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let's face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of intelligence. Every. Single. Time.

"Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is the key. I can't write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself."

Ann Patchett (from The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life)

Oak in mist, 2

"I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

Khaled Hosseini (from The Kite Runner)

Ivy clad tree, stone wall, iron fence

"For a writer it's a big deal to bow -- or kneel or get knocked down -- to the fact that you are going to write your own books and not somebody else's. Not even those books of the somebody else you thought it was your express business to spruce yourself up to be."

- Patricia Hampl  (from The Writer on Her Work, Vol. II)

Tilly in the lane

Comments

In the past I often found myself putting off projects until such time as I might be able to achieve the best creation that I can.. which of course is always tomorrow. I didn't have a name for it at the time but I realize now that what turned me into a master of unfinished projects and almost kept me from pursuing art was my lack of self forgiveness.. Thank you, Terri for this reminder..

What beautiful quotes, all three of them, and what a beautiful poem tucked into the picture captions. They all speak of things that apply to many spheres of life in addition to writing and art. And that speak directly to me today, to things in my own life. Thank you.

I mis-read the post title as 'In Midst of Forgiveness' instead 'Mist and Forgiveness'. Perhaps that's where I'm at, in the midst of the mists of forgiveness.

The quotes really speak to me, especially the first one by Ann Patchett. Thank you, Terri!

And that last photo with Tilly, just wow. Such atmosphere.

Sigh...I do that too, Hussam...waiting for the perfect moment, or perhaps the perfect ME, to make the idea come perfectly alive..."which of course is always tomorrow". We must remember it is better to be a Journeyman, or even an Apprentice, of finished projects, than the Masters of unfinished (or in my case, not even started!) projects.

Your poem in the picture captions hit me hard. I'm going to print it out and pin it above my desk.

Yes one must hover over the pictures to find the real treasure...it speaks to my life exactly right here and right now. Get out thy pen and pencils and paints and brushes. Do not leave this world with regrets is my new mantra since my mother died. She lived her life wanting and disappointed. I am released out the garden gate by only my own hand....i have learned that here!!! Blessings & a kiss to Tilly's nose. J

Yes, to all of this.

Thank you.

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