The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of every day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.*
This is the real artistic secret of the master, that he erases material with form […].**
We are creatures who turn this into that.
Each one on a different teleological journey, shifting and stretching.
Beyond each horizon …
So we grow so that we find that,
All you have is what you are and what you give.^
And this is enough.
(*Henry Moore, quoted in David Brooks’ The Second Mountain.)
(**From Friedrich Schiller’s On The Aesthetic Education of Man.)
(^”Shevek” in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Ursula K. Le Guin on Suffering and Getting to the Other Side of Pain.)