Interpreting Your Life


 

 

 

“The decision to speak out is the vocation and lifelong peril by which the intellectual must live.”   —Kay Boyle

 

 

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“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged…I had poems which were rewritten so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.”  —Erica Jong

 

 

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There are ordinary truths and eloquent truths. The ordinary truth is that some painters can garner six figures for their canvases while you probably can’t. The eloquent truth is that this abrasive fact need not alter your resolve to live an authentic life. The ordinary truth is that you will make mistakes and messes and fall short many times. The eloquent truth is that this need not defeat you, that you can keep trying and that you can keep kicking. When you marry these two ideas—willing yourself to matter and willing yourselves to reckon with the facts of existence—you truth becomes much more eloquent.

We should be reminded of Sisyphus, who was doomed to toil for all time rolling a stone up a mountain but who rebelled by asserting an essential freedom of attitude. They myth of Sisyphus and his stone is the story of a man reckoning with the facts of existence and not subcumbing to them. Had he succumbed to them, he would have been left with nothing but an eternity of pain. Here is how the myth ends, Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of the stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

A creator’s task is to reckon with the facts of existence very much as Sisyphus reckons with his. Viewed one way, it is a cruel, harsh and punitive universe. A creator might come to the same conclusion about his/her situation, were he/she to tote up the facts of existence not to his/her liking. Sisyphus has decided to force his life to mean. He makes use of the freedom at his disposal and reckons that,  as he is not dead, he still has meaning to make. It seems absurd to call him happy but  if that is how he sees his life, then who can argue with him?

We all have the choice to decide what our life is worth and what we have to give to others to make the world a better place. Let each and every one of us make the decision that benefits their inner needs. I choose to give back. I choose to make a difference. You can make your choices.

 Gerber daisy. Acrylic paint Painted by Barbara Mattio  copyright 2009

Gerber daisy. Acrylic paint
Painted by Barbara Mattio copyright 2009

 

 “You have not lived a perfect day…unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  — Ruth Smeltzer

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4 thoughts on “Interpreting Your Life

  1. Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    You are right! You know when I started this blog it did not appeal to me at the time of starting it. However, since I have taken the notion to voice my opinions, thoughts, accomplishments, and many other things. I have realized that I do not follow through on some things in my life. I am finally taking charge of my life and doing things for myself. Writing is one of those things that I do for myself. If people do not like the things that I write about it does not matter. The only thing that matters is that I like the things that I write about on my blog. Thank you for sharing this post. :)

  2. Well, you have a good blog. I am glad you are sharing your truth. Hugs, Barbara

  3. Barbara loved your last paragraph especially .. Where you said
    ” We all have the choice to decide what our life is worth and what we have to give to others to make the world a better place. Let each and every one of us make the decision that benefits their inner needs. I choose to give back. I choose to make a difference. You can make your choices.”..
    Thats so true.. Each of us has the choice and can choose Right or wrong, Good or bad, the left fork in the road or the right fork in the road.. Once we base our choices upon our hearts instead of our minds, and think about our thoughts and actions in the world.. We see if we would just live life in love of self then how easier it is to love another.. and treat another well….

    So many of us in this so called progressive fast world have lost sight of self.. as they chase after the choices imposed upon their minds.. They are told what to eat, wear, watch.. and have lost a lot of their self worth..

    Wonderful post and I enjoyed your art too…

    Have a beautiful week… Love and Blessings… xox Sue xox

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