"I think it's time I changed my view." - Fat Freddy's Drop, This Room (Album Version)
photo by Mashael Amdo
I didn't get the opportunity to write much this week but I do want to reflect on the most striking of the week's lessons. The essay was titled "Bless Your Children" but what I took from it was this idea of having a more meaningful relationship with your family and showing your love for them by sharing significant thoughts and hopes with them.
I plan to start doing that with my parents and sister this week, starting tomorrow morning, a day they attend church and are likely most reflective and receptive. As I've noted before, while I'm reading a book rooted in religion, I'm separating the religiousity from it for my own purposes. So, while Rabbi Telushkin focuses on blessings related to stories of the Torah and Talmud, my blessings/declarations are likely to relate to whatever powerful words/thoughts come across my way -- no matter their origin.
This week, I say
If you want to translate the world, you need to use your appetites. Does this surprise you? It shouldn't. There's nothing as human as hunger. There's no creation without talent, I give you that, but talent is cheap. Talent goes begging. Hunger is the piston of art.
So, for you, my family of artists, I hope for you continued hunger and passion for your crafts. More than financial success or widespread acclaim, I wish for you a success of vision, of clarity, of humanity, and of creativity. May your every day be spent doing exactly what you love.