A rich vein

The painting is like a thread that runs through all the reasons for all the other things that makes one’s life.*
Georgia O’Keeffe

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that make your rose so important.**
Fox to Little Prince

For Georgia O’Keeffe it was painting,
And for you,
The rich vein
of your purpose and enjoyment –
Often craftily disguised as
discomfort and gritty determination –
Will be one of eight billion possibilities,
And you must mine it or be poor.

*Quoted in Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals;
**Quoted in Maria Popova’s The Marginalian: The Flower and the Meaning of Life: Emily Dickinson, Michael Pollan, and The Little Prince.

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