“Writing is a way the mind can start seeing clearly what was before a fuzzy tangle of thoughts”
It serves a good purpose, like in expanding your vocabulary. That word there, loquacious, is how I feel I could describe myself sometimes. In a negative way. In the times when I just can’t shut my mouth and see myself from the side looking like a fool. But it keeps pouring out, meaningless…filling any pause, without eloquence of any sort. The farthest from clarity, and least edifying…
(I will spare the reasons why I get into this rut. Perhaps another day. It’ll be in the mental pile of future posts.)
So this is my goal:
“To say the very thing you really mean, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”
C. S. Lewis
Have you ever felt like you’re in the last chapter when everyone else is still in chapter one, and you’re so frustrated because you could burst from wanting to share exactly how it all comes together in the end? (That is how I felt in school reading A Tale of Two Cities.)
Well, sometimes, it’s the same frustration with “thought.” When you’ve just blown yourself away with thought, but spoke out loud only a paragraph from the middle of “the book.” It sounds like nonsense.
“I hate to see the words go!”
Thomas Wolfe, when he has to edit things out of his writing…
That is how I feel when I can speak only a fragment out of a complicated thought or story. And I do it all the time. Like right now.
So without any more expanding on my last few week’s thoughts, I will just say goodnight with these quotes I like:
“Don’t let people’s compliments go to your head and don’t let their criticisms go to your heart. To the depth we do either of these things, is to the depth we’ll be ruled by what other people think of us. And boy, is it dangerous to build the stability of our identity on the fickle opinions of others.”
“Compare yourself only with Jesus.”
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw
Ah, how good it feels to be free.