I devour words.
I like playing with words
I need words in context and out of it,
I love words – what they represent and how they are represented.
I enjoy seeing words in visual art, stories and in poems
I have a tendency to fall in love with other peoples words.
Unfortunately I don’t always get to hear them say it, but sometimes they appear in written form when I most need to ‘hear’ it.
On Saturday I fell in love with Marlene Dumas’s words in her recent speech. I always liked her art….and I admire how she uses paint, ink and her I love ability with words.
She made a plight for art in her speech when she won the Johannes Vermeer award…..
Definitely worth reading- here. (it is in Afrikaans, so you might want to translate)
This speech left me speechless
There are a handful of speeches by others I enjoy….
Shortly after his death, i found an article about a speech made by Steve Jobs, and thought I will look it up again…..to my delight it was also about connecting the dots…..(delightful since I have been obsessing about dots lately.)
The article started like this….
“I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.”
I love this:
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
You can read the full story here
this is from a page in the book I’m currently reading….
In context it represents the amount of animals eaten in a lifetime by an average American
Out of context it’s just beautiful to look at….
Years ago I received another book ( a catalogue from an exhibition entitled: Through the looking glass) from a previous employer and now friend. Inside she wrote this:
“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I was under the impression that this was from Nelson Mandela’s speech…..and much to my surprise I found this site
that claims he never wrote it or used it in his speech…..
I don’t know how true it is, but nevermind- it is still powerful words!
By whom and where and when- does it make a difference to words?