“A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” – Jorge Luis Borges, writer (24 Aug 1899-1986)
It’s said that we should write and otherwise create from what we know. Maybe this is why so much out there has to do with the negative side of life? For myself, I feel there are other topics that deserve exploration as well. I tend to do my best to focus on the good, noble and beautiful. Not necessarily because my life is filled with these. But, because those are things in my life that I appreciate and to what I mostly want to pay homage.
Others tell me that it’s hard to write or paint or create stain glass work or any number of other areas of creative endeavors unless they are going through pain. I get that. There’s enough pain to go around that for certain.
For me, I love to explore al that this world has to give. This is especially of those things and people and places that I find beautiful and still meaningful. Maybe it’s just that I’ve had enough pain and ugly in my life so that I want to have and promote those things that stir the soul and make me want to dream of all that might be and could be and then share that.
I know that years ago I made a deal of sorts. Oh, now that I’m a little older and hopefully wiser, I get that deals with God are not made. But, then as I lay broken in the hospital bed told that I might possibly become a cripple, I prayed to a God I didn’t know then. The deal or mental construct was this. Kill me or heal me but do not leave me crippled. In return, I would learn as best I could God’s ways not mine and spend the rest of my life doing my best to leave this world a more beautiful place and better off than hopefully I had found it.
I cannot say that I have fully succeeded. But, it’s what I set my sites on every day when I wake up. God gave me back at least part of who I was. I went on to further serve in the military and afterward ran a sort of a homeless ministry in California for a time and now work helping Veterans who come back unable to handle their funds or their other beneficiaries such as a widow, orphans or adult helpless children. I would have never guessed this to be a niche that I could serve God in. But, I have to say that I feel very blessed in doing it.
Ohh.. and then I do a little writing and photography. Music has gone by the wayside for the time. So, you know I guess my main point here is that life is more than just what happens to us along the way. It’s also where we choose to put our focus.