“The daily routine of most adults is so heavy and artificial that we are closed off to much of the world. We have to do this in order to get our work done. I think one purpose of art is to get us out of those routines. When we hear music or poetry or stories, the world opens up again.”*
(Ursula Le Guin)
‘She worries that she does not have time to take her time on the things that matter. […] And it is hard to maintain a sense of what matters in the din of constant communication.’**
We’ve realised the ability of creating more stuff to cover up what we know is most important to us. Most of us would list things like relationships, meaning and purpose, and having a soul amongst those things most important.
Reading, writing, art, walking, conversation – these are some ways we can dig down through the layers life has become for us:
‘In fact, Thoreau insists he isn’t a walker but a saunterer, a word derived from saint-terry or holy land, so that a saunterer is lis literally a religious pilgrim.’^
Whatever you’re up to today, it’s likely there’s something really important covered up within it or by it. What is that?
(*Ursula Le Guin, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of language to Transform and Redeem.)
(**From Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together.)
^From Geoff Nicholson’s The Lost Art of Walking.)